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Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey speaking at an event hosted by The McCain Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave a straightforward and common sense defense of his choice to expand Medicaid at a town hall meeting Tuesday.
"We expanded Medicaid, because we believe that folks are better off going to see physicians and having care than going to emergency rooms all the time. […]"
Apparently that's only true for New Jersey folks, as far as Christie's concerned. Because the national group he's leading, the Republican Governors Association, is running attack ads against Democrats precisely because they want to expand Medicaid. So, Mr. Christie, how come the rest of the country wouldn't be better off with regular health care?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:50 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 08:50:38 AM PST

  •  Is it another slush fund or does he have to use (3+ / 0-)
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    agiftagain, anna shane, viral

    It for poor people's healthcare.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:09:51 AM PST

  •  You are expecting message consistency from (1+ / 0-)
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    a sociopath?

    This guy lies more often than you put on your socks.

    America's LAST HOPE: vote the GOP OUT in 2014 elections. MAKE them LOSE the House Majority and reduce their numbers in the Senate. Democrats move America forward - Republicans take us backward and are KILLING OUR NATION!

    by dagnome on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 09:40:33 AM PST

  •  Medicaid expansion isnt going anywhere (5+ / 0-)

    And comments like this show why.

    25 states are implementing the expansion. NH will soon join them. Several other GOP governors have expressed at least some interest in expansion.

    In political terms, it's going to be hard for any presidential contender to campaign on taking away this coverage.

    Especially when you consider expansion is happening in a lot of swing states or states that need to be competitive for the GOP to win a presidential race(NV, CO, IA, MI, MN, OH, NH).

    •  he goes which way and what? (0+ / 0-)

      The Christie administration allowed a $7.6 million federal grant, to be used to encourage New Jerseyans to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, to expire. That's an expensive mistake.

      The money was first made available to help New Jersey set up its own health care exchange - which Gov. Chris Christie refused to do. Once that opportunity had passed, the money could have been used to help get New Jerseryans enrolled in Obamacare programs.

      The Star-Ledger editorial board began sounding this alarm in September:

      And when people don’t enroll, we all pay more. Not just for emergency room bills. Also for insurance premiums, which will be higher if we don’t get young, healthy adults to sign up. Then there’s the 3.5 percent fee that the federal government will apply to all insurers because we chose a federal exchange — a cost that is likely to be passed down to consumers.

      Christie isn't the only Republican governor to put up hurdles to the implementation of Obamacare in his home state. It's practically a nationwide policy statement, and it certainly falls in line with Christie's attempts to woo a national GOP audience as he mulls a White House run in 2016.

  •  Extending Medicare for states other (2+ / 0-)
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    agiftagain, anna shane

    than NJ would be a bridge too far  -- for Christie's rapidly dwindling Presidential hopes.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 10:10:24 AM PST

  •  in every state (2+ / 0-)
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    viral, anna shane

    where there's a Republican governor running for election and who is obstructing health care for people through the expansion of Medicaid...they should run an ad by Republican Governor Christie saying this. And in other states, like Arkansas, for instance, where an obstinate minority of whackjob Republicans are threatening health insurance to hundredsof thousand of people.

  •  Can we say hypocrite? (1+ / 0-)
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    •  is there some plural form (1+ / 0-)
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      that takes into account all the self-serving zig-zags and out and out whoopers?  I think you have to have a position to be a simple hypocrite.  As far as 'me first' goes, he's glaringly consistent.

  •  more than one way to fleece a medicaid? (1+ / 0-)
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    there is a take over going on in New Jersey, to 'save' public hospitals that have had losses that will likely reverse once poor people have medical insurance,  best to hurry Christie?  Here's a report on one that already happened:

    Two hospitals acquired by for-profit companies since 2008 -- Bayonne Medical Center and Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus -- are among the most expensive in the nation, in large part because they have relied on out-of-network billings, according to a recent study by National Nurses United, a union-affiliated research group.
  •  Maybe everyone should have the whole USA. (0+ / 0-)

    it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

    by Addison on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:49:15 PM PST

  •  Doesn't this sink his hopes for the Presidency? (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, how is that going to fly with TP primary voters in Iowa, South Carolina, et al?

  •  Perhaps... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...New Jersey emergency rooms aren't the equal of those in other states.  Or something.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:53:15 PM PST

  •  Put a fork in him, he done (1+ / 0-)
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    His scandal will last the bulk of this year.

    He will not be able to raise any loot.

    The Krazy Klown Kult's golden boy is through.


    by Johnny Wendell on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 06:54:51 PM PST

    •  I have to say I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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      Nautical Knots

      He wasn't really that liked by people in his own party. The only reason any of them at all liked him was because he appeared to be the most electable of their lot.

      But I have a feeling he couldn't survive the national spotlight of scrutiny that is the nomination for president. He obviously has way too much baggage and he's too much of a hothead.

  •  He lies to different audiences (1+ / 0-)
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    and expects that nobody is checking up on a timely basis, I feel.

    That actually worked for all of his political career . . . up until lately.

    A massive liar and eager punisher of those who speak up to him, just call him "Bull Bully."

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 07:19:11 PM PST

  •  Governor, close your mouth (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe if your mouth weren't hanging open all the time just waiting for food to be shoveled in, you wouldn't be so fat.

  •  This has been going on for a while (0+ / 0-)

    A couple weeks ago he said:

    I am proud to have made the decision to expand Medicaid and provide greater access to healthcare for New Jerseyans in need.

    But greater access necessitates larger reforms as well.

    This year, New Jersey will spend over $12 billion in federal and state funds on Medicaid and Family Care to cover 1.4 million people in the state - children, senior citizens, those with disabilities, and some newly eligible adults.

    By opting for Medicaid expansion, New Jersey will receive more than $100 million in additional federal funding, while at the same time, beginning to reform Medicaid to make it possible for more individuals to live in their communities.

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