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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:51 PM

Majority Of Americans Think Implementing Obamacare Should Be A ‘Top Priority’ In Their State

Majority Of Americans Think Implementing Obamacare Should Be A ‘Top Priority’ In Their State

By Sy Mukherjee

The verdict is in: Americans don’t just support Obamacare — they consider implementing its central tenets a “top priority” for their state legislatures.

A new Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll finds that strong majorities of Americans consider implementing Obamacare’s statewide insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion either a “top” or “important” priority for their state:



Americans increasingly embrace Obamacare as it is implemented...But GOP governors don’t seem to have gotten the memo. Only four Republican governors have expressed support for expanding their states’ Medicaid programs, while the vast majority — including those representing some of America’s poorest and least-insured states — have refused to participate in the expansion, despite the fact that expanding Medicaid will actually save states billions of dollars. The outlook for the Obamacare insurance exchanges is also grim, with as many as half of U.S. states refusing to set up their own exchanges, deferring instead to the federal government.

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/25/1494521/americans-obamacare-top-priority/


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ProSense Jan 2013 OP
1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #1
pampango Jan 2013 #2
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1StrongBlackMan Jan 2013 #4
nobodyspecial Jan 2013 #5

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:13 PM

1. Welll ...

Americans increasingly embrace Obamacare as it is implemented...But GOP governors don’t seem to have gotten the memo.


Yeah, they did; only the memo didn't come from the American People.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:51 PM

2. The 'memos' that GOP governors and state legislators get rarely come from the people. ALEC or a tea

party local group is more often the source of their memos.

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Response to pampango (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:47 PM

3. Republicans are caught in a

no-win situation. If they reject Medicaid, they not only lose funding, but also get slammed by constituents. If they reject the exchange, the federal government steps in and creates one.

The health care law is still the biggest expansion of the safety net since Medicare
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022159929

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Response to ProSense (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:56 PM

4. And I'd love for ...

when the federal government steps in to set up and run the exchange her in AZ, one of the options is a public option!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:02 PM

5. Frankly, I think their refusal is a good thing.

It will bring us to a federal public option available to all that much sooner. And, I think is will hurt the GOP as people see their own families and friends not getting the care they should and what is available in Democratic states.

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