America’s Worst Governor Vetoes Medicaid Expansion

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Republican-controlled state legislature of Kansas finally approved Medicaid expansion and advanced it to Governor Sam Brownback's desk, but Brownback has vetoed it.

If you take Brownback's reasons at face value, we can only conclude that words have no meaning for Brownback.

The "vulnerable" are the only people covered by Medicaid. That is literally what the program is for.


“The cost of expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare is irresponsible and unsustainable,” Brownback said in his veto message.

Brownback said it is unwise to undertake “such a drastic change to our Medicaid system” in Kansas while Washington continues work to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.

“Despite lack of Congressional action last week, The White House and House leadership have restarted negotiations on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” Brownback wrote.

We've discussed this at least a hundred times since 2010 but, to be clear, the federal government currently covers at least 95 percent of the cost of expanding Medicaid even under the Trump regime. The money for Medicaid has already been appropriated. It's already law. Brownback isn't saving anyone money, he's costing them money. Federal taxpayers in Kansas are already paying for Medicaid expansion in other states.

And congressional Republicans aren't going to do shit about it. They aren't restarting negotiations. For fuck's sake, the GOP's various factions all declared war on each other this morning.

  • Badgerite

    He sure does have a “punch me” face. They could sell tickets.

  • Georgie

    Brownback, sounds like the name of a poisonous reptile. Or what happens to your underwear after drinking Busch lite.

  • AZ_Oreo

    I’m sure the vast majority of Medicaid recipients that would have benefited from this voted for Sam Brownback, twice. It’s hard to feel sorry for people who vote against their health and well-being. Hence the book, “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

    • Aynwrong

      “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

      All the God D***** Republicans!

  • muselet

    We all saw this coming, I think. Sam Brownback was never going to find the remaining shreds of his humanity (I know, I know, assumes facts not in evidence) and help the poor and disabled and elderly and, yes, vulnerable.

    Parents, this is what happens when you don’t socialize your children properly: they grow up to be like Sam Brownback.


    • Badgerite

      The Hannibal Lecter of Kansas.

  • Aynwrong

    Well, that didn’t take long. In the red states, Free Market Jesus™ still trumps the real one.

    A bit of off topic I know, but still…

    How long and hard do Republican voters need to F%CK themselves before they learn this lesson? The Kansas has economy and government has been decimated by this ridiculous experiment. Bobby Jindal delivered an economic apocalypse to Louisiana with much the same “fiscal conservatism” and my own New Jersey has not fared all that well under Christie’s *AHEM!* leadership.

    Meanwhile we can all watch as California’s economy booms and prepares for the future in what is (technically at least) the exact same country. Good God.

  • Username1016

    Can they override the veto?

    • muselet

      The votes were just short of the margin for an override.


      • Aynwrong


      • The citizens should hound the sh*t out of any rep who thinks “No” is acceptable here.