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“Some governors have decided to leave it in Washington. I might have thought about leaving it there, but I happen to know what they would do with it down there,” said Kasich, a former congressman, to laughter.

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This strikes me as a powerful line of attack in red states. "Governor Kasich has figured out what to do the Medicaid expansion dollars. Why can't you figure it out Governor Jindal?"

You can take the message completely over the top. "Governor, why are you allowing President Obama to use my tax dollars as his personal slush fund?" It's an anti-progressive message but who cares as long as we can connect people with doctors.

They need to be tagged as the "leave it in Washington" Governors.

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  •  Short Term (0+ / 0-)

    Most of the governors passing up the money now are concerned about the situation a few years from now when the government is no longer picking up essentially the whole tab.

    Washington is famous for unfunded mandates, and that is essentially the main argument being used by anti-expansion governors.

    I can already see the day coming in Ohio when we get told they have to scale Medicaid back because the funding from Washington is being cut.

    Kasich did this strictly for re-election, and heaven help the poor here in Ohio who will likely see it slashed again once re-election is up and Kasich isn't interested in finding more money for it in the budget when Washington's contributions scale back.

    •  It's Only Dropping to 90% Isn't It, or Is That (1+ / 0-)
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      just the first cut?

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:42:54 PM PDT

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      •  10% (0+ / 0-)

        That 10% for some states will end up being alot of new money for budgets that are already cut to the bone in many places.

        In no way am I saying I don't support the expansion, but the idea that it is totally free is not correct.

        That has made some governors trigger shy because once you expand it is hard to reign it back in if the costs to the state are higher than expected once the government cuts back on their contributions.

        •  States pay 10% BUT (0+ / 0-)

          After 3 years the states pick up 10% of the expanded Medicaid cost, but they save a good deal more because hospitals don't have so many people who can't afford to pay their hospital bills.

          The past 50 years we: -Ended Jim Crow. -Enacted the Voting Rights Act. -Attained reproductive rights (contraceptive & abortion). -Moved toward pay equity. Republicans want to take our country back. I WON'T GO BACK!

          by petesmom on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 07:42:16 PM PDT

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    •  You have a point, up to a point (0+ / 0-)

      But many guv's passing up Medicaid expansion funds are more concerned with pandering to their base, than what the costs to the state may be down the road. I'm in Texas, and Perry has been consistent in blocking some or all of any federal initiative as a signal of his 10th-er credentials. Even though the traditional "business" focused Republicans are all over him to invest in "infrastructure" in the broadest sense (not only roads, but education, and yes...Medicaid expansion to deal with health care needs)

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:57:17 PM PDT

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    •  Right, I understand the "some governor's" argument (0+ / 0-)

      I was thinking more in line with pointing out that Republican state legislators have an easy line of defense for supporting the expansion. This Republican support definitely exists but it seems to be muted. The argument does not have to be rigorous or coherent,  just emotional. Let the "some governors" explain the details -- but my tax dollars are being left in Washington for Nancy Pelosi to do with as she pleases.

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