Healthcare

GOP Governors Want That Sweet Medicaid Expansion Money Now

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Here's another monkey in the wrench for congressional Republicans who want to repeal Obamacare as quickly as possible.

Republican governors and congressional Republicans held a closed-doors meeting last week where a group of governors who refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare told their congressional counterparts that they'd like to expand Medicaid now that President Obama is gone.

Some Republican governors chose to expand Medicaid, recognizing that giving healthcare to hundreds of thousands of people is good business and politics, but another group, which includes Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, are only now expressing interest in it.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker notably turned down more than $500 million for his state. Determined to win over conservative voters for his presidential bid, he doubted the federal government would keep its word to cover 100 percent of expansion costs in the first three years, and 90 percent over the long term. [...]

But with Republicans, backed by President-elect Donald Trump, pursuing repeal of the law, Walker and others GOP governors are asking specifically for the Medicaid money, and fewer rules for spending it.

Of course they want it now. The president is no longer black.

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare was distributed equitably, meaning accepting the funds carried with it rules stipulating that you cannot discriminate against or enrich specific organizations, businesses or individuals with it. Republican governors want the authority to do all of those things. They want the authority to discriminate against Planned Parenthood while distributing more money to religious-based services. In Scott Walker's case specifically, he wants the authority to impose more work requirements for those who qualify for Medicaid.

The GOP could probably please the greatest number of people by retaining Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid while giving governors more control over how the money is spent, but there's no way they can do that if they also repeal the taxes included in Obamacare.

At some point, the GOP will have to choose between cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires or funding healthcare. I'm pretty sure they'll chose the tax cuts.

Obamacare -- the Affordable Care Act -- was a sprawling complex law that took two years to pass because it was crafted to pay for itself while covering the greatest number of people possible. The law's progenitors waded through a swamp of lobbyists, craven congressmen, and interests that both opposed the law and wanted a greater piece of the pie. You can't replicate or replace that process in two months.

If the GOP repeals Obamacare and doesn't pass an adequate replacement, over 700,000 people here in Ohio alone will lose their coverage. Millions more across the country will lose theirs, and along with it a millions of jobs will vanish.

There's so much more you could say about this.

  • muselet

    Of course the R governors want that Medicaid money. It’s not infested with Obama cooties now.

    Are these people idiots or just cruel (yes, I know those are not mutually exclusive)?

    –alopecia

    • Aynwrong

      “Are these people idiots or just cruel?”

      Yes.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker notably turned down more than $500 million for his state. Determined to win over conservative voters for his presidential bid, he doubted the federal government would keep its word to cover 100 percent of expansion costs in the first three years, and 90 percent over the long term.

    He doubted the Federal gov’t would provide the full $500 million so he… decided not to take anything?

    Y’know, if someone promises to give me $500 and I doubt they can hand over that full amount, I’m still going to take the $350 or whatever they do come up with.

    • Aynwrong

      He didn’t want the money because he absolutely knew the government was good for it and that of course would not help undermine the ACA. Typical Republican. These people really do hate their own country.

      • Badgerite

        Certainly the people in it.

      • Christopher Foxx

        He didn’t want the money because he absolutely knew the government was good for it

        Of course. Which is why his claim of doubting the Fed would provide it is so obviously bogus. One doesn’t turn down free money, even if you truly don’t expect to get it all.

        These people really do hate their own country.

        No, they just hate the people in it. Particularly those they were elected to represent.

  • Aynwrong

    The Party of Fiscal Responsibility© is a racket run by the most obvious grifters in American history empowered by the most reliable dupes in American history. I wish I had something more original to add but it’s all so sad and unnecessary and stupid.

    • Tony Lavely

      I’m not sure they’ll learn even then. They’re so fulfilled living what we see as a lie, but that they see as the one true way. If something goes wrong, it’ll be someone else’s fault, not theirs and certainly not the things they believe.
      I’d like to think I’m worng, but thousands of years of religion indicate otherwise.

      • Aynwrong

        I do tend to see Conservatism as a religion now. A very bad religion.

  • Badgerite

    All of a sudden the GOP loves them the Obamacare. Interesting. You cannot retain this law piecemeal. And since it was a very effective law and did what it promised to do which was to make healthcare affordable for most Americans, and it literally saved a lot of people’s lives, its repeal will be…..noticed. By the voter. As will their gutting of Medicare and Social Security. And then choosing to spend that money on tax cuts for the exceedingly wealthy and some stupid shrinking wall to go with the new Amazing Shrinking America.

    • Scopedog

      Ain’t it funny? Of course, it’s their constituents who are raising Cain because they finally realized that, Holy Shit! that thing that the evil Black Guy gave them is actually working and helping them, and the bastards they keep voting for because they kept believing the shit that Fox and right wing radio kept shoving into their skulls want to get rid of it.

      Plus the Governors are realizing that yes, their states are going to get one hell of a hit, and they aren’t getting any of that sweet money. Their “principled” stand of refusing money because the Black Guy was responsible for handing it to them was an idiotic one at best.

      Well, now the shitstorm begins.

      The truth is, behind the screaming and yelling about getting rid of the ACA, it was going to be very hard to get rid of. Gutting it in any way is going to have serious repercussions. But you know what? Fuck the GOP. They grabbed on to this grenade and have threatened to pull the pin for seven damn years. Now that they have the chance, they realize that they are going to blow themselves to bits, and are now soiling themselves.

      Couldn’t happen to nicer bunch of clueless fucks.

      • Badgerite

        Ain’t it the truth. Still. They can name it Trumpcare if they want, so long as they keep it as it was always good legislation that was good for the country on all levels. Plus, you see people that will lose their lives or lose their spouse or family member and I just don’t see why these alleged Christians don’t care about that. I do. And I’m a heathen.