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Reality Bites! Chris Christie Becomes 8th Republican Governor to Accept Obamacare Medicaid Expansion. Want to Bet How Long It Takes Rick Perry to Cave?

illinoyed 2013/02/26 21:55:05
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie became the eighth Republican governor to back expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care reform law on Tuesday.

Republican governors are under pressure from the powerful health care industries in their states to accept the 3-year 100% federal funding of the Medicaid expansion program. As is usually the case with Republicans, they have no problem allowing their citizens to go without, but there is NO WAY Republicans will allow a corporation to not get what it wants, and in this case the health care industry desperately wants the federal money that comes with the Medicaid expansion program.

I'm betting Rick Perry keeps up appearances until the last minute and caves right before the federal Medicaid money goes out to the states. If he doesn't, the health care lobby will make sure he doesn't win reelection in 2014.

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  • Don 2013/02/26 23:53:51
    Let's see who looks like a chump when the Federal aid runs out in 3 years and the states can't continue.
  • illinoyed Don 2013/02/27 00:28:18
    The federal aid won't run out in 3 years, it will be reduced 1-2% a year until it reaches 90%, and there it will stay. The fed will always be paying 90% of the cost. Once these governors buy in, they're in it to stay.
  • Don illinoyed 2013/02/27 00:36:47
    Until the money runs out. 90% of nothing is nothing.
  • illinoyed Don 2013/02/27 00:46:16
    We'll have to see,won't we?
  • roxie 2013/02/26 22:39:30
  • MidnightCowboy 2013/02/26 22:14:10
    Yep, I'm betting Rick Perry caves.
    Piyush Jindal certainly took his stimulus money for Louisiana when the need overcame the bias toward a Democrat President. Likewise, any Republican Governor is going to cave in when reality sets in or else face the scrutiny of his/her constituents. Even Jan Brewer relented!
  • illinoyed Midnigh... 2013/02/26 22:27:01 (edited)
    Jan Brewer relented because she said the AZ hospital system couldn't afford to pass it up, which at least was honest. Rick Perry says he's doing if for the people of Florida--LOL!--but he was under the same pressure from the health care lobby as Brewer was.

    If this was just about people, these Republican governors wouldn't have a problem saying no. But they can't say no to their corporate backers if they want to keep their jobs.
  • Todd The Libertarian 2013/02/26 22:13:56
    Nope, Rick Perry will stick by his convictions no matter how many people it h...
    Todd The Libertarian
    lol He should take something.The damn southern tea party is leaving his folks out in the cold with the sequester.Eric Cantors folks are evil!
  • convex 2013/02/26 22:01:24 (edited)
    Yep, I'm betting Rick Perry caves.
    "Republican governors are under pressure from the powerful health care industries in their states to accept the 3-year 100% federal funding of the Medicaid expansion program."

    Nothing like the delicious taste of crony capitalism in the morning! I've been saying it for a while, this was nothing more than a handout to big business. They're gut laughing right now.
  • illinoyed convex 2013/02/26 22:16:52
    Exactly. That's why Republican governors are falling into line on Obamacare. It was a shrewd move for Obama to tie the success of Obamacare to the wagon of the health care and insurance industries. Those lobbies will do Obama's work for him.
  • convex illinoyed 2013/02/26 22:37:58
    Kind of the other way around. The incentive to keep costs down is gone. The entire bill was just a horrible horrible handout written by lobbyists. Ugh.
  • illinoyed convex 2013/02/26 22:43:43
    No, there are cost incentives written into the bill. Marketplace competition will also have an influence.

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