Another news cycle, another Republican governor decides to expand Medicaid with ObamaCare dollars.
Last Friday, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam joined Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett, Indiana’s Mike Pence and others in trying to carve out a middle ground between a straight yes or no on expansion.
Haslam hasn’t committed himself to specifics, saying only that “sometime this fall” his administration will submit an alternative plan to federal regulators.
States like Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Iowa have won various levels of approval to use ObamaCare’s increased Medicaid funding to provide subsidized health insurance plans to some of the poorest members of their populations.
Expanding Medicaid is a tempting offer because the federal government pays…[more]
History will not be kind to Barack Obama. Once the luster of his personality has receded into the past and his media disciples have all hung up their credentials, the only thing left will be his record. And it’s not pretty.
Even now, with three years left in his tenure, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that his will be a presidency remembered for its broken promises. The politician who broke on to the national scene pledging to heal the partisan divide between red states and blue states instead became an extraordinarily divisive figure who governed from the hard left.
"Too many Republicans are running on the promise that they will 'check' the president in some unspecified way. They are running as people who dislike Obamacare but have no plans to replace or alter it. But there are persuadable voters who worry that they will lose their health coverage if Republicans get their way, and ones who worry that Republicans will settle for Obamacare Lite. By keeping…[more]