White House to unruly states: You guys should really get on that Medicaid expansion, you know

posted at 8:41 pm on November 7, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

After the Supreme Court so inconveniently rejected ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (under which states would have been required to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all individuals up to 138 percent of the poverty line or else risk losing the entirety of their federal Medicaid funding) as unconstitutional, a bunch of (mostly red) states have since deemed the move a hugely expensive boondoggle just waiting to happen and have opted out of doing so.

Medicaid expansion on a voluntary basis wasn’t exactly a part of the administration’s original plan, and as ObamaCare’s woes mount and millions of Americans are losing their insurance plans, the White House is redoubling their efforts to push those lingeringly stubborn states to help make their lives easier and just get on board already:

24 States Are Refusing to Expand Medicaid, Leaving Millions Uninsured

Nearly half of states are so locked into the politics of Obamacare that they’re willing to leave nearly 5.4 million of their own people uninsured. Take a look at our map — and make sure you share it.

Er, Virginia, “committed”? Really? Terry McAuliffe may be VA’s new governor-elect, but the governor doesn’t just get to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid all his own, as Politico points out (among other problems with the map):

Virginia is singled out for special treatment, listed as “committed” to expanding Medicaid because of the election this week of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor. But that comes as news to local Republicans, who insist that expansion is no sure thing in the Old Dominion State, regardless of McAuliffe’s victory.

“As they have been throughout the entire Obamacare implementation process, the White House remains blissfully unaware of reality,” said Matthew Moran, spokesman for Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell. “The authority to expand Medicaid no longer rests with the governor.” A legislative commission must weigh in.


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You Obama

LeftCoastRight on November 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

When I look at that map I see the reason the Federal government should have little authority over the health insurance industry.

Bmore on November 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Shove it up yo ass.

bazil9 on November 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

F*ck off, you bastard.

Midas on November 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

The states that aren’t expanding should send their Medicaid citizens to the states that are.

Doctor availability won’t be a problem and hospital ERs will clear out.

I’ll admit I’m poor but it would be easier for me to find a doctor, agree to pay cash for the small stuff, and have him help negotiate a deal with a hospital for the serious stuff.

Dack Thrombosis on November 7, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Texas says F*ckoff Liar!

““President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn’t true. Now, he’s coming to Texas in a desperate attempt to salvage his ill-conceived and unpopular program from a Titanic fate by preaching expansion of the same Medicaid system he himself admits is broken. In Texas, where Medicaid already consumes a quarter of the state budget, we simply need the flexibility to implement fundamental, state-specific reforms to our Medicaid program, instead of a one-size-fits-all Washington mandate, before it bankrupts our state. Mr. President, Texans aren’t the reason Obamacare is crumbling; Obamacare is the reason Obamacare is crumbling.” Gov. Perry

workingclass artist on November 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Heh. Like these states would foot the bill to save Obama’s A$$…

Corporal Tunnel on November 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Unruly states to White House: You guys should really go screw yourselves.

NavyMustang on November 7, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Executive order…?

d1carter on November 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I called this weeks ago. Their plan is to shift blame for this clusterfark to Red States for not expanding Medicaid and starting their own exchanges.

Corporal Tunnel on November 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

From those according to their abilities.
To those according to their needs.

This always works, every time it is tried.

WHAT??

You mean to tell me it ends with tens of millions murdered? NO WAY!!

Every time it is tried they wipe out the middle class to make glorious socialist Utopia? Yet all that follows is equal sharing of misery and death except for elite and government (rifle holder) workers?

jukin3 on November 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

The perfect medicaid model..
Bahahaha..what a colossal joke.

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2013/11/06/good-news-up-to-half-of-illinois-medicaid-enrollees-arent-eligible-for-the-program/

bazil9 on November 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz to Obama…Take your broken promises tour somewhere else

“President Obama’s trip to Texas brings nothing with it but broken promises. He promised that Americans could keep their health care plans. We were toldpremiums would go down, that jobs would be created. And we now know these are all false promises. Texas’ economy is strong and our population is young and growing because our leaders embrace limited government, restrained spending, and competition. But in spite of all Texas has done to resist the biggest entitlement program of this generation, Obamacare is reducing health care options, increasing costs and hurting jobs. It has no place in Texas and must be repealed so we can empower Americans and their families by offering real health care choices rather than a government-written menu of plans they don’t want and can’t afford. President Obama should take his broken promises tour elsewhere so Texans can continue focusing on the solutions that have allowed our state to become and remain the nation’s economic and job creation powerhouse.”

Read more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/11/07/ted-cruz-obama-stay-out-of-texas/ | The Shark Tank

workingclass artist on November 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Virginia’s Republicans still control the legislature. Just because McAuliffe won doesn’t change that reality. The state is not committed to expansion. The opposite is more likely.

In fact, if you look at the election results, McAuliffe won because of stupid single women for whom Obamacare is a swag bag of free stuff. I hope they all die alone and only after being eaten by their numerous cats.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Drop dead you freak.

Texyank on November 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Illinois doesn’t have the money to expand anything.

Wait. What am I saying?

That’s never stopped them before.

The 262,000 must all be down-staters.

predator on November 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Gee look at all those orange States wanting to enslave their people to the federal government…

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Maybe the illegals will move to the orange states for their medicaid?

workingclass artist on November 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Nearly half of states are so locked into the politics of Obamacare that they’re willing to leave nearly 5.4 million of their own people uninsured.

As opposed to being so locked into the politics of Obamacare that the Dems are willing to throw 90 million people off their chosen insurance?

whatcat on November 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

FUBO

viking01 on November 7, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Just where in the hell does he think all these people going on Medicaid are going to find doctors?
Most doctors are not taking new Medicaid patients right now.

Such a dumb ass.

Barred on November 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Virginia is singled out for special treatment, listed as “committed” to expanding Medicaid because of the election this week of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor. But that comes as news to local Republicans, who insist that expansion is no sure thing in the Old Dominion State, regardless of McAuliffe’s victory.

Saw my Delegate’s truck outside his local office this afternoon so I stopped in and made sure he knows this constituent wants him and the rest of the super-majority of republicans in the house to fight mcawful at every turn.

Lost in Jersey on November 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Just where in the hell does he think all these people going on Medicaid are going to find doctors?
Most doctors are not taking new Medicaid patients right now.

Such a dumb ass.

Barred on November 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Yeppers. IDIOTS.
I needed a specialist recently and I had a hard enough time
finding a DR and I’m not on hellcaid.

Seniors having the same issue with Medicare. AARP’s United plan just dumped a shit load of providers from their advantage plans.

bazil9 on November 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

How many of those are illegals?

RovesChins on November 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Poor, whiny Medicaid-deprived Texans, last I knew there was no fence around our state. Perhaps we can start a “One Way-Greyhound Bus” ticket fund for you and pick an orange state that fits you.

hillsoftx on November 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

bazil9 on November 7, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I feel bad for the people fooled by United Health. They have been in the back pocket of obamacare since the beginning. Most old people just think since AARP sponsors them they are good.

One of the worst organizations around. Nothing but a front shield for United Health.

Barred on November 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Keep all your fingers crossed that the SCOTUS rules against the administration regarding the IRS’ providing subsidies in states without state exchanges. If Roberts redeems himself and sides with the plaintiffs, Obamacare is dead.

Charlemagne on November 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Looks like a Civil War map (except Arkansas – what’s up with that?)

Say…. Hmmm….
Look away! Look away!

connertown on November 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

From those according to their abilities.
To those according to their needs.

This always works, every time it is tried.

WHAT??

You mean to tell me it ends with tens of millions murdered? NO WAY!!

Every time it is tried they wipe out the middle class to make glorious socialist Utopia? Yet all that follows is equal sharing of misery and death except for elite and government (rifle holder) workers?

jukin3 on November 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

“One death is a tragedy- if it’s someone like me.

A million deaths, if they’re someone like the rest of you, are that many less parasites oppressing Holy Mother Gaia.”

/progressive “reasoning”, after Stalin and James Hansen both.

You call it a bug, they consider it a feature.

The ultimate goal of all such policies is eugenics, the supposed “perfection of humanity by selective destruction”.

And of course, those doing the choosing decide that everyone they don’t like or approve of get to be destroyed.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Poor, whiny Medicaid-deprived Texans, last I knew there was no fence around our state. Perhaps we can start a “One Way-Greyhound Bus” ticket fund for you and pick an orange state that fits you.

hillsoftx on November 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

As our governor is fond of saying…Adios MOFO

workingclass artist on November 7, 2013 at 9:39 PM

So, is Team SCOAMT admitting that the individual exchanges are a massive failure? That’s the only way that 5.4 million people could be left uninsured.

Steve Eggleston on November 7, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Poor, whiny Medicaid-deprived Texans, last I knew there was no fence around our state. Perhaps we can start a “One Way-Greyhound Bus” ticket fund for you and pick an orange state that fits you.

hillsoftx on November 7, 2013 at 9:17 PM

You really think you are going to get rid of the Louisiana Katrina Texans that easily? They figured out very quickly just how much better a deal it was to be on welfare in the lone star state.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 9:52 PM

So, is Team SCOAMT admitting that the individual exchanges are a massive failure? That’s the only way that 5.4 million people could be left uninsured.

Steve Eggleston on November 7, 2013 at 9:47 PM

They are going to be left uninsured because their policies have been canceled and HHS is so incompetent that they can’t access other options. This is why the immediate threat of single payer is IMO over-hyped. The state can’t even get enrollment right.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

They are going to be left uninsured because their policies have been canceled and HHS is so incompetent that they can’t access other options. This is why the immediate threat of single payer is IMO over-hyped. The state can’t even get enrollment right.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Given that the main way to sign up for the Medicaid expansion is through the exchanges, they’d be uninsured anyway.

Steve Eggleston on November 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

This is really ruining all their carefully thought out plans. The progressives need to overwhelm Medicare to be able to institute not just the single payer but to enslave the medical providers to the government.

They have to collapse the current charity system and then bankrupt the state run Disproportionate Share Hospitals so it can be a federal takeover of the facilities. Taking over all the hospitals will leave the providers with no choice but to work for the government. Then when the police want to give you an anal probe and an emema there won’t be any doctor to object.

batterup on November 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Why yes,, guv Brewer of AZ is a statist.

Don’t come here, it’s going south fast.

(she has the hots for “education”, too)

She railroaded us on the expansion. We tried a voter ref. It failed.

wolly4321 on November 7, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Wi had badger care. You pay based on income.

Plus , like to point out that if the feds cut the share they have with the states that expand, those states are left funding the program. What happens when all of a sudden you have a huge burden put on the state? You see this all the time with public worker pensions… that will be childs play when compared to medicaid.

watertown on November 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Plus , like to point out that if the feds cut the share they have with the states that expand, those states are left funding the program. What happens when all of a sudden you have a huge burden put on the state? You see this all the time with public worker pensions… that will be childs play when compared to medicaid.

watertown on November 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

I’ve tried, time and again, to explain to local self appointed “conservatives” that their hero of a Governor, RINO Sandoval, by accepting Medicaid expansion has settled the course for the state to seek higher and higher taxes, starting with 2017. They can’t get simple math, it seems, no one cares.

Can you spell “state income tax” for NV in near future? Si, se puede!!!

Plano, TX, here we come. Not sure if by end of next year, but definitely by end of 2015 and before NV goes to hell with recent liberal escapees on top of higher and higher taxes.

riddick on November 7, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Texas says F*ckoff Liar!

Yeah buddy.

banzaibob on November 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Medicaid expansion? Speaking of substandard insurance.

It’s hard sometimes to find doctors who will take Medicare, because the reimbursement is so low. Those who do, will often take only a certain number, because they can only afford, say, to have 20-30% of their patients be Medicare patients. Very common is for a doctor to say they will continue to see established patients who have Medicare, but they will not accept any new Medicare patients.

But Medicaid is a whole other story. There are far more doctors who don’t accept Medicaid patients, or only accept them if they were longstanding patients. Medicaid is basically the bottom rung of insurance.

Of course, if you’re young and healthy but poor, then Medicaid might actually look like a way to get the bare minimum of coverage without having to pay anything.

No wonder that so many who went to healthcare.gov took one look at the premiums and deductibles … and signed up for Medicaid. It’s free, and it’s better than nothing. Barely.

There Goes the Neighborhood on November 8, 2013 at 2:25 AM

So, if somebody doesn’t buy me a house then he makes me homeless?

What a bunch of junk.

They can buy their own health insurance. Or, they could if Obamacare wasn’t pricing it through the roof. YOU, Obama, are the one responsible for them not having insurance.

Theophile on November 8, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Medicaid recipients should be forced to buy their insurance using Obamacare. Only those that can prove their inability to pay should be accepted into Medicaid. This is just more of Obama’s ploy to build his pure Marxist state and treat the entire nation as though it were a pet kennel. Enough of this crap.

rplat on November 8, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Damnit, don’t count Ohio down yet, we’re still fighting our governour on this!

The_Livewire on November 8, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Obama: “I apologize for lying to you before, but This time I’m telling the truth”.

RADIOONE on November 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

This the one where the feds pay all of the increase for 3 years, then the costs shift to the states, right? (Except in Nebraska, which got the special cornhusker kickback)

It’s very interesting, then, that Nebraska not implmenting…

Deafdog on November 8, 2013 at 8:22 AM

As a Louisiana resident – based on the stellar rollout of ObamaCare nationwide, I’m just wondering why our state isn’t jumping full throttle into this thing.

/sarcasm

HondaV65 on November 8, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Employer provided plans are already being changed. This year we had 3. Two traditional and one high deductible HSA plan. The traditional plans differed in premiums and deductibles. The lower deductible/higher premium plan was dropped for 2014 as it would have been considered a “Cadillac” plan which would be taxed starting in 2018. So we are 5 years away and employer coverage is already changing and actually has been for the last 3 years to slowly get us ready for the big changes next year.

The taxes on Cadillac plans are supposed to provide $80 Billion from 2013-2023 even though it doesn’t go into affect until 2018. what happens if there are no Cadillac plans to tax. where will that revenue come from?

JohnnyL on November 8, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Message to Obama from the good people of Texas %#*K YOU!

neyney on November 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

5.4 Million people are left out in the cold? Well, that’s only what, 1.5% of the population…I mean if 5% of the population losing insurance isn’t a big deal to the President, then why is 1.5% anything to worry about?

nextgen_repub on November 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

STFU Obama.

Ward Cleaver on November 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

If I had the HHS secretary under oath, I would ask her about the formation of the Bronze level plans, and what is good about them, and see why Medicaid recipients don’t have them if they are designed so well.

It is cheaper to buy them each a bronze plan, and make them pay a co pay when they show up. We know they have cash, because in MA they have several EBT cards a piece, and can use them to make bail. So using them for a co pay has to be ok. I site the Boston Herald here so you don’t think I am making it up:

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2012/04/pols_welfare_abuse_runs_deep

I bet she thinks a Bronze plan is not good enough, we know she is not getting one for herself.

Fleuries on November 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM