Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:32 PM
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And then there were eight (Christie will expand the state's Medicaid program)
And then there were eight
By Steve Benen
As recently as July, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was not at all fond of the Medicaid expansion policy in the Affordable Care Act. In a speech at a D.C. think tank, he called the Obama administration's policy "extortion."
That was last year. This year, the governor has found more to like about the policy.
Gov. Chris Christie will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover 300,000 uninsured New Jersey residents, The Star-Ledger learned today. <...>
Christie is now the eight Republican governor to accept Medicaid expansion -- as recently as early December, there were zero -- and as Sarah Kliff noted, "Taken together, these eight states will extend Obamacare's coverage expansion to 3.2 million Americans."...the way the Affordable Care Act is structured, Medicaid expansion is a great deal for states, and should be a no-brainer for governors who care about lowering health care costs, insuring low-income families, improving state finances, and helping state hospitals...Given Christie's ambitions, it was far from clear which way the governor would go. Fortunately for his constituents, he made the right call.
In the process, however, it's going to be very difficult for him to overcome the "helped expand Obamacare implementation" line on his resume, should he ever find himself in a competitive Republican primary.
Blowhards falling one after the other.
...the American story is one of perfectibility and striving for ever-greater fidelity to our ideals -- it is a journey from colony to republic, from slavery to freedom, from sexism to suffrage, from stark poverty to shared prosperity.
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