It looks like more and more Republican governors are getting seduced by Federal government funds that are an out-in-the-open bribe for states to pursue Obamacare and expand Medicaid. Recall that the Supreme Court struck down a piece of Obamacare, namely that states must comply with Medicaid expansion. And yet Bureaucrat-in-chief Obama has used the siren call of free money and swayed even Jan Brewer (emphasis added).
The shift is most pronounced on health care, where seven states led by Republican governors are pushing to expand their Medicaid program under Obama’s health care law. Such a move once was considered anathema in the party.
Under the terms of the deal, Washington pays the full cost of the expansion for the first three years, gradually phasing down to 90 percent. The changes would cover millions of low-income people, mostly uninsured adults. <source>
It amazes me that any Governor could be duped by such promises from a bankrupt federal treasury; this is a ponzi scheme of the highest and most destructive order.
Jan Brewer knows this, and addressed it directly:
While she agreed to expand Medicaid, Brewer remains skeptical of the federal government’s plan to fully cover newly eligible individuals beginning next year through 2016 and reduce funding to 90 percent by 2022. She plans to implement a self-described “circuit breaker” which would automatically scale back the size of Arizona’s Medicaid program should the federal government decrease funding.
“I will not allow Obamacare to become a bait and switch,” Brewer said. <source>
Moving oratory, Jan, but you signed on to Obamacare anyway.
What happens when the federal government defaults on these obligations to the states, as it inevitably will? We all know the answer: it will be too late for states to reverse course, and the promise of universal health care will crash and burn as the money runs out at the state level as well. Jan Brewer’s ridiculous “circuit breaker” will not have the ability to “not allow Obamacare to become a bait and switch”; it is too late already — the Obama scam is underway and gaining momentum in these dark times.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Republican governor Rick Scott has also capitulated and taken the easy bribe. Amazingly but not surprisingly, we already have a case study in the real world about what happens in managed care systems of the kind required by Obamacare (emphasis added).
Another example that critics cite is Wellcare Health Plans, Florida’s largest Medicaid plan, which last year agreed to pay more than $137.5 million to the federal government and nine states including Florida to settle accusations that it bilked government health programs and systematically dumped patients with expensive health needs. The Tampa-based company never lost its state Medicaid contracts. <source>
Under the tentative deal approved last week by the administration, virtually all Medicaid recipients would have to enroll in such a plan, including more than 100,000 living in nursing homes and those receiving long-term-care services at home and in community-based settings.
“People have a right to be concerned about quality of managed care because it does not have a strong track record in Florida,” said Joan Alker, co-executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.
Oh yes, people have a “right to be concerned”. They also have a right to vote. And a plurality voted to destroy our nation by returning mr. Obama to power.
But I am comforted that we all retain the “right to be concerned” — I feel so much better, don’t you?