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May 09, 2013 5:30 PM Purge Against Pro-Medicaid Republicans?

By Ed Kilgore

I think we all assumed that the enormous attention conservative gabbers devoted to the mixed and empirically limited results of the Oregon Medicaid Study was aimed at those states which were still struggling with the decision about whether and how to accept the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. But nobody should be surprised if it’s also trained at Republican governors and legislators who had earlier accepted or supported the expansion. That’s what Washington Examiner columnist Philip Klein did today. After listing the gubernatorial heretics (Scott, Brewer, Snyder, Christie, Martinez, Kasich, Sandoval and Dalrymple), Klein lays down this marker for future reference:

Republican governors supporting expanding Medicaid are trying to argue that it is the humane thing to do. But there is nothing humane about taking money from middle class taxpayers to finance a health-care entitlement for the poor that, according to the best available research, does not improve their health.

Don’t be surprised if this pops up in some 2014 Republican primary fundraising letters and ads.

And to think: Medicaid used to be a program everyone in both parties supported.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Peter C on May 09, 2013 5:43 PM:

    It would be much more humane to take it from the rich instead. Let's try that for a while and then run a bigger study and see if that works better.

  • emjayay on May 09, 2013 6:41 PM:

    Medicaid is used by low income people. If they didn't have it they would be in the emergency room and not paying or not getting medical care at all. If it does not improve their health and is therefore pointless, then all medical insurance is pointless. Therefore no one should have medical insurance. Not having pointless health insurance will impact middle and high income people even less because they can buy medical care if they feel like it, even if it is pointless.

    I knew there must be a Republican plan they kept talking about when they were going to repeal and replace Obamacare. They just never got around to explaining what it was before.

  • T-Rex on May 09, 2013 7:16 PM:

    Oh yes, yes please, primary Liar Snyder from the right and put up a candidate so loony toons that he can't possibly win. Michigan would thank you, GOP, and would implore you not to let the door hit your asses on the way out.

  • T-Rex on May 09, 2013 7:19 PM:

    Emjayjay: Actually, the biggest problem for the Republicans is that their alternative to Obamacare IS Obamacare, which they originally created as an alternative to "Hillarycare," which BTW would have been infinitely better. The problem they have now is that any health care plan they can dream up that Obama would accept would end up being a victory for a black Democrat. So they have to keep stalling till 2016 and pray that this time they can scare up a better candidate than Romney.

  • Kathryn on May 09, 2013 8:08 PM:

    That is the least humane sentence I have ever read. It's my sincere hope that Mr. Klein finds himself in dire financial straights before his selfish existence comes to an end.

  • exlibra on May 09, 2013 8:48 PM:

    What emjayay (MJA?) said, @6:41PM. If having health insurance is pointless, why should any of us buy it?

  • KK on May 09, 2013 8:53 PM:

    I am with Karen, that was incredibly offensive. I hope people understand, Medicaid is the most important federal program for the disabled and elderly. With out it millions of disabled and their families would be financially ruined. Millions would be needlessly left to die and or rot. Despicable human being that clown is. Did any of these tool bags ever learn "walk in another mans shoes"? Are they familiar with "do unto others"? What the hell is wrong with these twisted conservative "minds"?

  • bluestatedon on May 10, 2013 9:11 AM:

    Klein is the perfect embodiment of the central animating principle of Republican ideology:

    Kicking people when they're down is the best way to get a shoe shine.

  • Epicurus on May 10, 2013 10:43 AM:

    (Translated from the original Orcish): Are there no workhouses? Is the Union Treadmill still not in operation? Seriously, these are some of the most heartless people I have ever seen or heard from. Dickens is revolving in his grave. Fck the poor, I got mine, Jack. Nice little philosophy you got there; be a shame if anything happened to it.

  • clarence swinney on May 10, 2013 10:44 AM:

    BUDGET 2014
    The Obama budget (long overdue) has tax changes including individual, corporate, estate and excise taxes. Those making over $1 million would pay more. It would cost them almost $83,000 on average.
    Those making $50,000--$75,000 would pay an average $ 60 more.
    Between $100,000-$200,000 about $150 on average.
    For highest incomes, limited the value of itemized items to 28%, limit the benefit of large tax-favored retirement accounts, impose a Fair Share minimum tax at 30% of adjusted gross income
    over $1 million, raise taxes on estates, gifts and certain family trusts.
    It would raise about $1 trillion over ten years. Most of new revenue will come from those making $200,000 or more.
    Fed fund campaigns---6 Months period—3 primary-3 general—Free equal TV time.
    Debate a week=12=adequate to evaluate candidates.

  • clarence swinney on May 10, 2013 10:47 AM:

    BUDGET 2014
    The Obama budget (long overdue) has tax changes including individual, corporate, estate and excise taxes. Those making over $1 million would pay more. It would cost them almost $83,000 on average.
    Those making $50,000--$75,000 would pay an average $ 60 more.
    Between $100,000-$200,000 about $150 on average.
    For highest incomes, limited the value of itemized items to 28%, limit the benefit of large tax-favored retirement accounts, impose a Fair Share minimum tax at 30% of adjusted gross income
    over $1 million, raise taxes on estates, gifts and certain family trusts.
    It would raise about $1 trillion over ten years. Most of new revenue will come from those making $200,000 or more.
    Fed fund campaigns---6 Months period—3 primary-3 general—Free equal TV time.
    Debate a week=12=adequate to evaluate candidates.