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]
With the Senate gearing up to pass the third version of the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill by the end of the week, conservatives in the House of Representatives have five important reasons to let it die and start over.
1. Every version of the bill has been secretly negotiated and hastily considered
No part of this bill has ever been up for debate. All three versions of the bill – the original agreement by the Gang of Eight, the so-called “manager’s amendment” that expanded it and the recently adopted Corker-Hoeven amendment that increased it again…
"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]