Sebelius: ObamaCare is the law of the land, so you might as well help us implement it

posted at 1:21 pm on February 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us.

Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every type of political pressure and fiscal inducement they can to coerce states into getting on board. As HHS Secretary Sebelius noted yesterday,

President Obama’s health care law is “here to stay,” but cannot fulfill its promise if states do not expand Medicaid and the uninsured do not take advantage of the benefits designed to put coverage within reach of millions more Americans, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday.

Addressing the National Health Policy Conference in downtown Washington, Mrs. Sebelius said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 remains the “law of the land” after the Supreme Court upheld its key provisions in June and Mr. Obama won re-election in November, but several moving parts must sync up before the reforms can be fully effective.

“So my challenge to all of you today, and actually my plea to all of you … is help us speed up the rate of change,” she said.

Ten GOP-led states have already rejected the Obama administration’s bribe to pick up 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion’s tab for the first three years before eventually scaling down to 90 percent by the end of the decade, but twenty other states are still undecided. The red states that have decided to expand Medicaid include New Mexico, North Dakota, Nevada, and Arizona (for which the WSJ has a good explanation of the carrot-and-stick strategy being deployed by the Obama administration). On Monday, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio announced that he would become the fifth Republican governor to give in to the pressure, to the ire of many conservatives:

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who opposed President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, wants to take advantage of Obamacare funding to expand his state’s Medicaid program to more poor people, he announced in his budget proposal Monday.

Kasich is now the fifth GOP governor to back the Medicaid expansion, joining Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and fellow GOP leaders in Nevada, New Mexico and North Dakota in agreeing to a key component of Obama’s efforts to extend health coverage to as many as 17 million people through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program over a decade. Including Ohio, the chief executives of 20 states and the District of Columbia are now on board with the Medicaid expansion. …

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

As Philip Klein points out in light of the Ohio governor’s decision, it’s getting even harder to stay afloat in a big-government ocean trying to drown you into submission:

Whatever justifications Kasich may give, the actual explanation for his embrace of the Medicaid expansion is political cowardice. Chastened by his failed attempt at public sector union reform and Obama’s victory in the state, Kasich is up for reelection next year. And he’s afraid to stand up to the inevitable onslaught of attacks from Democrats who would charge that he was refusing to accept free money to bring health care to poor Ohioans. The end result is that a politician who ran for office claiming to have been “in the Tea Party before there was a Tea Party” is now actively embracing a policy that the Tea Party movement was born to oppose.

This should serve as a sober reminder to conservatives that no matter how big of a disaster Obamacare is when it’s implemented in 2014, the nation is almost certainly stuck with it. More broadly, it’s a demonstration of how difficult it is to defeat big government.

A feat made especially difficult when said big government is blithely glossing over wherever it is all of this new money is supposed to come from while also steadfastly refusing to acknowledge that our entitlement spending is absolutely the main culprit behind our $16 trillion debt and neglecting to correct the populist impression that ObamaCare is going to provide “free healthcare.” What a nightmare.


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There is nothing but the collective. You exist only as part of the collective, to serve the collective…

paulsur on February 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Must not question The Reich.

viking01 on February 5, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Who’s gonna stop them anyway ?

McConnell ? Boehner ?

They’re laughing their asses off on Pennslvania Ave.

“We don’t need no stinking accountability”…………

FlaMurph on February 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

mark81150 on February 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Wow, Mark, that is outrageous. I wish I could say that that was shocking about AARP, but it isn’t. Crooked b@$tards.

Sorry things are so bad for you.

………………………….

Myron Falwell on February 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Yeah, I know the feeling. If I wasn’t overdosed on Apathy pills constantly, I’d feel the same way.

LegendHasIt on February 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

LegendHasIt on February 6, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Thank you, I’ll make, don’t know how to quit anyway.. just annoys no end they mailed it a month late, and admitted it in the letter.. I wonder how many people are going through a month of Hell without meds because of them popping this surprise on people?

Posted a reply but it dissappeared, so here’s trying again.

mark81150 on February 6, 2013 at 12:46 AM

I’m not surprised that Kasich went to the dark side. He was never a conservative as a congresscritter and this is in character for him.

Quartermaster on February 6, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Never liked Kasich and Brewer is a bit off her rocker.

Sad times these.

Sherman1864 on February 6, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Recently I had an email from Michelle Bachman’s campaign list, where she asked supporters to rate priority for certain issues. One item, of course, was ObamaCare. She asked, Do you still want a full repeal of ObamaCare. Of course we do. Without a victorious Mitt Romney, that option is off the table, without a veto proof Senate majority for republicans.

When Mrs. Pelosi said we have to vote for it to find out what is in it, she did not say that by 2012 we would still not know what was in it, or how it would affect us. But clearly, no one told the voters that Bronze Family plans under ObamaCare would cost $20K. She said they would be affordable. Now it turns out, these plans have to be priced HIGH so that some people can pay more for them, and other people can get subsidies.

The more we know, the less we like.

But I wonder about the Obama voters, I don’t think they all like this, especially if they are not on the list for the Free Medical insurance. Right now, democrats could fix what is wrong with the Obama Care law, without republicans. Why don’t they?

When the law starts to be implemented, in the fall, for the 2014 year, I am just wondering what will happen.

I realize it is not in the political interest of the republicans to fix what is wrong with Obamacare, but if we can’t get rid of it, republicans are letting us suffer more than we need to. I wish they would start repealing sections of the law now. They could at least get on the record what some of the horrendous pages and pages do to people.

Fleuries on February 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I liked what Kasich was doing… up until a few months ago when he wanted to raise taxes on the oil and gas industry (offsetting it by lowering the state income tax rate). Now this. He’s lost my confidence.

sadatoni on February 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM

On Kasich:

This is Ohio. It is a funny state, they elected Kasich to save them, that is what happens in MA and other blue states, they will desperately elect a daddy to fix the money. Then when the money is fixed they start putting populist bills in front of the conservative governor. Then you have those veto battles.

John Boehner is from Ohio too, and his constituency is definitely Purple.

Sherrod Brown in from Ohio, he beat Josh Mandel.

I am wondering if the population there, that elected Kasich, has had to sell up and move to FL and AZ and Texas, low tax states to retire. In MA we have waves of Mass exodus, where people suddenly flee to NH but also to FL. Who knows about Kasich here? It’s hard to talk about without talking about the whole state…that is the state where we saw the bus load of Obama Phone recipients chasing the Romney Ryan campaign, and the viral video…

We need more facts, we need deeper journalism on this to know what is going on. We need to know what the Ohio legislature is doing that might be affecting Kasich’s result. I am wondering how demoralized the republicans in Ohio are feeling, and if they are being influenced by the overwhelming drum beat from the media that Obama won in a landslide (he didn’t) and that conservatives in Ohio did not show up…they voted early, absentee, and were not counted until after the election…Romney beat McCain in Ohio, they did show up, they showed up early. But the question is: Did conservatives from Ohio move to red states during the first Obama term?

Fleuries on February 6, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I am wondering how demoralized the republicans in Ohio are feeling, and if they are being influenced by the overwhelming drum beat from the media that Obama won in a landslide (he didn’t) and that conservatives in Ohio did not show up…they voted early, absentee, and were not counted until after the election

In 2004, Bush got 2,858,727 votes in Ohio.
In 2008, McCain got 2,677,820 votes in Ohio.
In 2012, Romney got 2,593,779 votes in Ohio.

See the trend? Ohio Republicans are giving up. After Kasich’s cave-in on the heels of his incompetent management of the union threat, we wonder why we bother coming to the polls. Our guys are either incompetent, or cowardly. Either way, we lose, so why bother?

Ohio Republicans have gone no where. This is what happens when the electorate gives up. I might be joining them. One thing I will not do is vote for Kasich again.

This has happened before. Ohio confidence in Republicans collapsed with the “no new taxes” lie. We surged when we thought we had a new conservative in W in 2000 and stuck with him in 2004, but only because of the war. Without it, I think the current collapse would have happened then and W would have repeated the steps of HW. Can you say, “President Kerry?”

Data:

Romney 2012 – 2,593,779
McCain 2008 – 2,677,820
Bush 2004 – 2,858,727
Bush 2000 – 2,351,209
Dole 1996 – 1,859,883
Bush 1992 – 1,894,310
Bush 1988 – 2,416,549
Reagan 1984 – 2,678,560
Reagan 1980 – 2,206,545

In 2012, Obama got 2,697,260 Buckeye votes. That’s 161,467 less votes than W got in 2004.

Cricket624 on February 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

BTW, I have never stayed home on Election Day – in case you’re wondering.

Cricket624 on February 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Sebelius should team up with Clayton Williams:
“Rape is like bad weather: if it’s inevitable, you might as well relax and enjoy it.” Clayton Williams, Texas gubernatorial candidate, March 24, 1990.

elfman on February 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

elfman on February 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Ye gods. And I thought Akin was an idiot!

MelonCollie on February 6, 2013 at 10:38 AM

How about no.

FineasFinn on February 6, 2013 at 11:09 AM

“So my challenge to all of you today, and actually my plea to all of you … is help us speed up the rate of change,” she said.

What a twit Frau Sebelius is. I sure Adolf Hitler must have said something along those lines also.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
~ C.S. Lewis

SpiderMike on February 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

No ses, no lost, Hmmm….

Bmore on February 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I am wondering how demoralized the republicans in Ohio are feeling, and if they are being influenced by the overwhelming drum beat from the media that Obama won in a landslide (he didn’t) and that conservatives in Ohio did not show up…they voted early, absentee, and were not counted until after the election

In 2004, Bush got 2,858,727 votes in Ohio.
In 2008, McCain got 2,677,820 votes in Ohio.
In 2012, Romney got 2,593,779 votes in Ohio.

See the trend? Ohio Republicans are giving up. After Kasich’s cave-in on the heels of his incompetent management of the union threat, we wonder why we bother coming to the polls. Our guys are either incompetent, or cowardly. Either way, we lose, so why bother?

Ohio Republicans have gone no where. This is what happens when the electorate gives up. I might be joining them. One thing I will not do is vote for Kasich again.

Cricket624 on February 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

You and I better hope and pray that someone can primary Kasich. That’s the only thing now that can stop the inevitable eight years of an Ed Fitzgerald Dem governorship. Basically Ohio is now doomed to a California-like fate.

Should also be noted that the absolute buffoonery of Bob Taft (and the Noe coin scandal) doomed the statewide GOP ticket in 2006. Outside of Mary Taylor becoming auditor, it was a clean sweep for the Dems.

Myron Falwell on February 6, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Wasn’t that Sebeliwhatever in that Narnia film? And….why is it she never comes out during the day?

Sherman1864 on February 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

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