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John Kasich Accepts Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion
TPM ^ | 02/04/2013 | Sahil Kapur

Posted on 02/04/2013 5:26:40 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the fifth Republican governor to embrace the provision of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court made optional.

The governor unveiled the decision as part of his budget proposal.

“We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work,” Kasich said at a press conference in Columbus. “It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars.”

The four other Republican governors to back the Medicaid expansion are Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota and Jan Brewer of Arizona. About a dozen GOP governors from red states have rejected the expansion; others from mostly blue and purple states have yet to decide. Democratic governors have broadly embraced it.

It’s an enticing deal: the expansion would extend Medicaid eligibility to their residents up to roughly 133 percent of the poverty line. The federal government would cover the full cost of the new beneficiaries in the early years and 90 percent after 2020.

“The net effect is 270,000 Ohioans coming into the [Medicaid] program,” said Greg Moody, the director of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation. “Over two years the state of Ohio will have saved $235 million as a result of the decision to extend coverage.”

Kasich’s decision could influence other undecided Republican governors — such as Chris Christie of New Jersey, Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — who are caught between wanting to improve the lives of their constituents and to remain in good standing with the conservative movement,

(Excerpt) Read more at tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: johnkasich; kasich; obamacare; ohio; rino; traitor

1 posted on 02/04/2013 5:26:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I am clo to finding no reason to even support these guys. Even whe we win, we lose ground.


2 posted on 02/04/2013 5:28:50 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: SeekAndFind
Kasich changed about the time he dumped his first wife.

He's one of them, now.

3 posted on 02/04/2013 5:29:14 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I like Kasich. This is disappointing.


4 posted on 02/04/2013 5:29:32 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When does the Repub party officially change their mascot from an elephant to a folding lawn chair? Has that date been announced or are they waiting to “surprise” us?


5 posted on 02/04/2013 5:29:34 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: SeekAndFind

The political class sell out to Obama Utopian fascism.We will return to being a nation of gardeners. Swift will come the division between the quick who will survive, and the dead, who now follow this insane Obama political pustule.


6 posted on 02/04/2013 5:29:59 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: SeekAndFind

Depressing. He’s one of the last govs I would’ve expected this from.


7 posted on 02/04/2013 5:31:17 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (I once saw a movie where only the police & military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List")
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To: SeekAndFind

Other “conservative” governors who have caved to the siren call of Obamacare:

JAN BREWER OF ARIZONA ( Sigh, is she going to cave on illegal immigration too?).

See here: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/obamacares-discriminatory-subsidies-brewer-bows-when-arizona-should-keep-slugging

Why is Jan Brewer Giving in to President Obama on ObamaCare?

Another one who has caved — SUSANNA MARTINEZ of New Mexico

see here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-young/new-mexico-medicaid-to-ex_b_2442421.html

Other heads of U.S. states otherwise hostile to the Affordable Care Act who’re going along or contemplating going along with Medicaid expansion are Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota.

See here:

http://missouri-news.org/midwest-news/tennessee/hope-suspicions-swirl-in-legislature-over-haslams-tenncare-plans/23187


8 posted on 02/04/2013 5:31:44 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: surroundedbyblue; jeffc; BfloGuy

Other “conservative” governors who have caved to the siren call of Obamacare:

JAN BREWER OF ARIZONA ( Sigh, is she going to cave on illegal immigration too?).

See here: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/obamacares-discriminatory-subsidies-brewer-bows-when-arizona-should-keep-slugging

Why is Jan Brewer Giving in to President Obama on ObamaCare?

Another one who has caved — SUSANNA MARTINEZ of New Mexico

see here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-young/new-mexico-medicaid-to-ex_b_2442421.html

Other heads of U.S. states otherwise hostile to the Affordable Care Act who’re going along or contemplating going along with Medicaid expansion are Nevada’s Brian Sandoval, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota.

See here:

http://missouri-news.org/midwest-news/tennessee/hope-suspicions-swirl-in-legislature-over-haslams-tenncare-plans/23187


9 posted on 02/04/2013 5:33:18 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

RE: Kasich changed about the time he dumped his first wife.

Don’t know what you mean by dump. I believe it was an amicable divorce.

Kasich was married to Mary Lee Griffith from 1975 to 1980, had no children with her, and Mary has campaigned for him post-divorce.

He is currently married to his second wife, Karen, and they have twin daughters, Emma and Reese.

I don’t think his divorce over 30 years ago has anything to do with this.


10 posted on 02/04/2013 5:36:12 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Gov. Haslam of TN is a RINO pussy. Just like our two Senators Lamar! and P(C)orker.

I don’t know why my fellow Tennesseans vote this way.


11 posted on 02/04/2013 5:37:11 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. Let's start over.)
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To: jeffc
When does the Repub party officially change their mascot from an elephant to a folding lawn chair?

Judging by their last Presidential nominee, about last August.

12 posted on 02/04/2013 5:38:35 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind
You NEVER see big leftists caving like this. :(:(:((:(
13 posted on 02/04/2013 5:40:11 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hadn’t heard about Brewer. Disappointing in every instance.


14 posted on 02/04/2013 5:40:17 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ugh. That’s enough. I need to go hit the treadmill & listen to some music or something. I’ve had it for the day.

I’m losing hope.....fast


15 posted on 02/04/2013 5:43:14 PM PST by surroundedbyblue (I once saw a movie where only the police & military had guns. It was called "Schindler's List")
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To: surroundedbyblue

In the end, these states will be left holding the bag.


16 posted on 02/04/2013 5:51:16 PM PST by Kolath
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To: SeekAndFind

Country’s gone.

Now go pay your taxes - your government is broke. :)


17 posted on 02/04/2013 5:52:58 PM PST by Tzimisce (The American Revolution began when the British attempted to disarm the Colonists.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Like all politicians, Kasich despises his children and grandchildren. He may not say that but his actions prove it. There is no way the Feds can pay for this and he knows it.


18 posted on 02/04/2013 5:56:20 PM PST by microgood
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To: prairiebreeze

I live in Arizona and haven’t heard the official word; however, Mark Levin announced it on his show about half-hour ago.


19 posted on 02/04/2013 5:58:15 PM PST by spiderfern
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To: prairiebreeze

I live in Arizona and haven’t heard the official word; however, Mark Levin announced it on his show about half-hour ago.


20 posted on 02/04/2013 5:58:40 PM PST by spiderfern
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To: SeekAndFind

They hate us.


21 posted on 02/04/2013 6:02:52 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: surroundedbyblue

Agree! But from just his mannerisms you could tell he had a “wishy-washy” side.


22 posted on 02/04/2013 6:07:42 PM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s funny how these Repub governors made a big noise about not going along with Obamacare, and then once things quieted down and attention went elsewhere, they started changing their tunes.


23 posted on 02/04/2013 6:10:08 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

It’s “free” money.

Only the most principled (rarely re-elected) can resist the lure of “free” money.


24 posted on 02/04/2013 6:18:54 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

25 posted on 02/04/2013 6:41:46 PM PST by RedMDer (HEY LIBS! GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW. I DARE YA!)
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To: jeffc

Don’t even tell me to stick with the Republican party, I don’t want to hear it.

Lets get that Tea Party started.


26 posted on 02/04/2013 6:48:05 PM PST by Venturer
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To: jeffc

Isn”t funny how all the dirt on this pos law and still we hear cricket noise from the chambers. It is going to bankrupt the people and not a sound from anyone. Like any other bill. They wait to the smoke clears and forget about the law ever taking place.
Why has not on R been talking about this daily? Why are they not keeping it in the light? Not one R has even mentioned it! Every day their is more bad news about Obummer care and still can hear crickets in the halls. Their is enough ammo to get rid of this now and we are to interested in bringing in 20 million illegals into our country to find jobs in the worst economy since the depression. Does any of this make sense?
To think that all these people are that dumb is hard to swallow. Sorry.
We have soldiers practicing arm conflicts in our cities and we find this exceptable. Maybe its me but, I wish it would start because we as a country are slowly boiling in that pot with the frog!
Regards, J


27 posted on 02/04/2013 6:49:22 PM PST by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I think there's an important aspect that the article omitted. As I understand it, Kasich can back out if the feds renege on funding. What this does is allow some who make too little income to qualify for a private insurance subsidy enroll in some form of coverage that is largely funded by the feds not the state.

While I don't like this, I do see a couple of advantages. First, it will keep the Dems from holding up the working poor as remaining uninsured due to Kasich. Second, it will help those who are trying to earn a living but can't afford insurance to get some coverage. Some of these are the very people Obamacare was supposed to help in the first place. Unfortunately what they get is a program we already know is a failure and not private insurance.

I don't think it's a done deal yet. I believe it requires approval from Ohio lawmakers.

28 posted on 02/04/2013 7:19:21 PM PST by PeevedPatriot
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To: Impy; Strategerist; Timber Rattler; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; NFHale; GOPsterinMA; ...

Don’t count on Ohio changing their method of deciding presidential election winners, Kasich looks to be scared of his own voters.

He follows VA and FL.


29 posted on 02/04/2013 7:25:47 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The federal government would cover the full cost of the new beneficiaries in the early years and 90 percent after 2020...yeah, and wait until that seed money gradually dries up in the next few years - like it did back in the seventies when it was promised to fund outpatient mental health clinics all over the country - see all those mental patients sleeping under bridges?......
30 posted on 02/04/2013 9:00:57 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: SeekAndFind

Apparently “federal money” just comes from no where, and spending ever-greater amounts of it has no effect on state economies.

You guys and gals realized what massive liars nearly all Republicans are, right? Kasich only cares about reelection, and he saw his state swing dramatically for Obama. Tell me again why you’d ever vote Republican again? Tell me again how I’m “defeatist” for refusing to patronize a big-government party like the GOP?


31 posted on 02/04/2013 10:17:05 PM PST by LifeComesFirst (http://rw-rebirth.blogspot.com/)
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To: sickoflibs; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican

He wussed out on labor reform too didn’t he?

He’s a mangina.


32 posted on 02/06/2013 4:54:22 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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