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Mary Landrieu, Medicaid champion

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), in charge of messaging on health care for Senate Democrats, explains what's behind Democrats' embrace of Obamacare, and specifically Medicaid expansion, on the campaign trail. He also reveals how Democrats are going to be putting more focus on the issue in coming months.
"We're going to have, for the first time in a little while, Democrats in vulnerable states and safe states all speaking with one voice in part because of the political momentum growing behind Medicaid expansion," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the Senate Democrats' point person on health care messaging, told POLITICO in an interview.

Murphy and other Senate Democrats are asking 18 Republican governors to agree to expand the program in a letter to be released Wednesday.

"There is a fundamental inequity playing out in your state and others that have chosen to not expand this basic health care coverage," the 20 Democrats write in the letter. "A political difference should not result in almost 6 million Americans falling into a coverage gap because their income is too high for Medicaid coverage, but below the level for a premium tax credit for coverage through a Marketplace plan."

Those Democrats include Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). It would be worth these Democrats' time and effort to point out that a quarter of a million of those people in the coverage gap are also veterans. It is a key issue in red states, because some of the highest rates of uninsured people and the most in need are in the red states. It's also very popular policy in red states.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 09:32 AM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks, North Carolina BLUE, Obamacare Saves Lives, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 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 Jun 04, 2014 at 09:32:46 AM PDT

  •  Great news. It's about time. (11+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 10:11:04 AM PDT

  •  Bill Kristol's nightmare unfolds (6+ / 0-)

    The sum of all GOP fears

       Passage of care plan, in any form, would guarantee and likely make permanent...the largest federal entitlement program since Social Security. Its success would signal a rebirth of centralized welfare-state policy at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.

        But the...proposal is also a serious political threat to the Republican Party...It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.

    The Clinton Health Care Plan. In 1993.

    BTW, when Kristol talks about defending the middle class, he means defending White entitlement. In fact, he means restraining government from doing anything to

    form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity
    and instead expanding government's ability to keep the lower orders down by keeping a Republican government boot on their necks. As we see today in these refusals of Medicaid expansion.

    As Reagan strategist Lee Atwater explained it, it's OK as long as Blacks get hurt worse.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 10:32:18 AM PDT

  •  Definitely a political issue in Alaska. (4+ / 0-)
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    reginahny, leonard145b, Risen Tree, Matt Z

    Candidate for Governor Byron Mallott (D) has said he would expand Medicaid.

    And Sen. Begich has been a strong player on improving health care access to all Alaskans.

  •  Rethugs Really Resent PayingTaxes for Medical Care (0+ / 0-)

    for the poor.

    (They also resent the poor voting.)

    •  only resent it if they can't profit from it (1+ / 0-)
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      A number of GOP politicos have strong ties to companies that have benefited from Medicare / Medicaid, sometimes by outright fraud and theft.

      My sense is that they don't mind these programs at all, as long as they and their lobbyist cronies can figure out a way to divert the public funds into their own pockets. But they are pandering to a base, and a set of megadonors, who demand that they oppose these programs -- almost certainly tied to pure racism. This seems to me largely a smokescreen while they're shoveling public money into a truck.

  •  Repealing Obamacare would end Medicaid expansion (2+ / 0-)
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    SBandini, ladybug53

    in most states where it exists now. Ending federal support would require state tax increases that would be politically unacceptable in most cases.

    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has promised to completely repeal Obamacare. That means 100,000 Iowans would lose their access to affordable coverage. Some, with pre-existing conditions, would be unable to buy coverage at any price. All the other benefits of Obamacare would be gone too. That position may appeal to GOP primary voters, but may be a hard sell in the general election.

  •  Wow, it's very exciting to see one of W's (0+ / 0-)

    toadies return from the Dark Side.

    Seriously, I did NOT expect to live long enough to see this type of thing happen.

  •  Plays well in Dixie (1+ / 0-)
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    Risen Tree

    Although Dems rarely have the guts to run with provocative hard hitting ads...this is a no brainer. Take Louisiana for example. How about running ads with citizens of New York, New Jersey and California thanking the tax payers of Louisiana for helping to fund their medicaid expansion and asking them why don't you want to keep all of your tax dollars in your home state, balance your budget, provide thousands of new high paying jobs and keep the dead beats out of your emergency rooms? Keep Louisiana tax dollars in Louisiana and expand medicaid.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:26:52 AM PDT

  •  Chris Murphy....the more I see him the more I like (0+ / 0-)
  •  But young people can suffer (0+ / 0-)

    in climate change disasters. That's what Mary Landrieu's subservience to the fossil fuel industry means. More people will die over the coming decades. I guess she might care if young people voted in larger numbers.
    The Senate is better off without her.

  •  1/4 million vets? (1+ / 0-)
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    Those Democrats include Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Kay Hagan (D-NC). It would be worth these Democrats' time and effort to point out that a quarter of a million of those people in the coverage gap are also veterans.
    I thought low income vets can get health care provided through the VA.

    Income Thresholds for Cost-Free Health Care, Medications and/or Beneficiary Travel Eligibility

  •  I've said it once before (0+ / 0-)

    And I say it again.  I wish all the red state Democrats would embrace the Medicaid expansion, especially Alison Lundergan Grimes.  But she is so scared of being linked to Obama that she is not talking about the ACA other than it needs "fixing."  As a recipient of the Medicaid expansion and a Kentucky voter, I'm appalled at her political strategy and lack of courage.

  •  I am very proud (0+ / 0-)

    of state Rep. Susan Wismer (D) who made the expansion of Medicaid here is SD one of her main issues. And she won in her primary bid to become our states first female Governor. I will be voting for her again come Nov. I don't think our state will do well under another (R) Gov who cuts funding for schools and refuses Medicaid on budget worries(!).

    I also find it laughable that the current Gov Duugard ran on "I balanced the state budget". Well you better have balanced the budget, it is the LAW. Since when did following the law become something that needs to be pointed out? Shouldn't following the law be a matter of course, especially for the states top official?

    "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news. Which follows its own special rules." ~ Douglas Adams

    by coyote66 on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:07:55 PM PDT

  •  Shld also push Thugs throwing YOUR $$ away. (0+ / 0-)

    It doesn't not get taxed, 'cause its federal.  It just gets sent to someone/some state else.

    I still like going Pace on 'em: "New York City!"  :)

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