Many GOP governors have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior — or at least try to convince us they have. Now, some have begun to realize they’d also better accept Obamacare as their party’s savior and expand Medicaid if they want any Republicans to win in November.
Steve Benson from MSNBC observes that as the midterm elections draw closer, Republican governors are slowly but surely getting on the Obamacare bandwagon. They’ve even found a way to provide health coverage to voters in time for the upcoming elections without getting ridden out on a rail by their fellow right-wingers:
Don’t call it “Obamacare” and for pete’s sake, DON’T say anything that sounds like we’re “expanding Medicare!”
So why are GOP governors and lawmakers caving? As Adam O’Neal, a Republican mayor in North Carolina, so aptly explains, it’s not only the right thing to do, it’ll also keep their party from getting killed in November.
“We need to stop playing politics with it. This is an issue that needs to come before politics. […] I’m afraid that my Republican colleagues in North Carolina are going to get killed this fall because of Medicaid expansion. There’s 500,000 people in North Carolina that could have insurance coverage the next two years and not cost the state a dime, and the state’s not accepting that. Now, if you’re representing the citizens, how can you not do that?”
Okay… just don’t call it “Obamacare!”
The most recent defectors from the GOP’s hard-line, anti-healthcare stance are Governors Tom Corbett (Pennsylvania) and Bill Haslam (Tennessee). They’ve been hammering out deals with the Obama administration so they can get health coverage for their constituents and expanded Medicaid funding in a way that allows them to not actually admit that they’re caving in to the evil temptations of “big government” largess.
Who’s expanding Obamacare and Medicaid now?
So far, 21 states plus the District of Columbia have accepted the Medicaid expansion; 19 states remain opposed; seven — including Pennsylvania — have sneaked Obamacare in through the back door; and three states are still debating whether to expand medicare.
- Yes!: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.
- Hell, no!: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
- Sneaking it in via special “not-really-Obamacare” deals: Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and Tennessee.
- Still debating: Virginia, Wyoming, and Utah.
A conservative columnist for the The Washington Examiner reluctantly observes that Republicans may be forced to abandon their long and destructive fight against Obamacare:
“the trend is quite clear: Red states are gradually accepting Obamacare, and no states are reversing their decisions.”
Pennsylvania the latest state to cave on Obamacare.
Here’s a news report from Huffington Post on how Pennsylvania’s Republican governor finally caved in on expanding Medicaid. How sad that it took this long for this jerk to realize that maybe ensuring that voters have access to healthcare could be a good thing.