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Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:15 AM

Heineman (R-NE), Branstad (R-IA) scornful of Medicaid expansion

Source: Omaha World Herald

By Martha Stoddard

LINCOLN — Thousands of the poorest Nebraskans and Iowans could remain without health coverage under a path advocated by the states' Republican governors.

Govs. Dave Heineman of Nebraska and Terry Branstad of Iowa oppose the Medicaid expansion that was written into the federal health care law, and the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Affordable Care Act gave states the right to opt out.

The prospect worries advocates in both states.

“It creates a huge gap in terms of making sure everybody has access to coverage,” said Becky Gould, executive director of the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest.

FULL story at link.


Read more: http://www.omaha.com/article/20120708/LIVEWELL03/707089929/1685#heineman-branstad-scornful-of-medicaid-expansion

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Reply Heineman (R-NE), Branstad (R-IA) scornful of Medicaid expansion (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jul 2012 OP
onehandle Jul 2012 #1
rurallib Jul 2012 #2
donquijoterocket Jul 2012 #7
Kyad06 Jul 2012 #3
justgamma Jul 2012 #4
Vietnameravet Jul 2012 #5
heaven05 Jul 2012 #6
kemah Jul 2012 #8
justabob Jul 2012 #11
nradisic Jul 2012 #9
Angry Dragon Jul 2012 #12
kemah Jul 2012 #15
bucolic_frolic Jul 2012 #10
shcrane71 Jul 2012 #13
roody Jul 2012 #14
12ZTR Jul 2012 #16
DallasNE Jul 2012 #17

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:28 AM

1. If God wanted the poor to survive, he would give them Super PACs. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:31 AM

2. fucking cretins

Iowa is 1 vote in the senate from becoming Wisconsin. Branstad want to be Walker.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 10:33 AM

7. there's

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a reason Iowans call their governor brain dead. Between him, Grassley, and rep. Steve King they seemed determined to prove the word Iowa is actually an acronym.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:32 AM

3. Good way for them to get rid of some poor people

They probably figure they will move to states that will cover them. Talk about class warfare

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:58 AM

4. They want to totally get rid of medicaid.

It's in their Iowa platform. I guess ordinary pukes are all for this.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 10:06 AM

5. People get what they deserve

I wonder how many of these people without health coverage vote Republican against their own interests? How many even vote?

A friend of mine met a man in Tennessee who lived in a broken down trailer and had a bunch of teeth missing but he was determined to vote Republican.. he did not want a black man in the white house and was afraid of socialism!

It's all about hate and fear and this country is drowning in both..



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 10:06 AM

6. suffer

who's going to suffer in all these states? I just hope ACA turns out well to prove these beastly and cruel repuke governors wrong. They are just mean spirited and really don't care about people and their well being. All based on a mean spirited ideology

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:01 AM

8. Two reasons the GOP governors will accept the ACA

1. Hospitals want medicaid to help offset the "free riders"
2. Insurance companies want the exchanges more government subsidized customers
Both of these are big GOP donors, therefore money talks with the GOP

Reminds me of when the food stamp program was first introduced, Bob Dole was dead set against it, then 24 hours later he was a proud supporter of the bill. What happened? Big AG called and told him to change his vote, food stamps more money for big AG.

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Response to kemah (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:29 AM

11. I hope that is enough

I have my doubts. Hospital/insurance bottom line vs crushing 'undesirables' is a really tough call for the power mad GOP/Tea Party.



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:15 AM

9. I predict the following

In thinking about the obstinate GOP behavior regarding implementing the ACA, this is what I predict: The states that refuse to implement the ACA will start losing population big time and their economies will slowly become just like banana republics. If the Republicans can't make the whole country go backwards, well by golly they will make it happen in individual states - that is something most midwestern states can ill afford, as they are already losing population, like Iowa, Indiana and Kansas. People with half a brain will move one way or the other if they can just cross state lines and get the health care we all deserve and a better life for their family. The GOP will get what it wants - a desolate landscape in states that continue with these shennanigans. We will end up with a dozen backwater states like Mississippi and West Virginia. It will be like the good old South all over again for them, at least until the demographic changes overwhelm even those little states that have GOP voting majorities now. The trend is irreversible IMO at this point and the GOP "base" is shrinking by the day and will only accelerate in about 10 years, as the old guard dies off.

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Response to nradisic (Reply #9)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:43 PM

12. It is not very easy for the poor to move ...........

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #12)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 08:20 PM

15. It is easier for the poor to move then the rich or middle class

Just look during the Great Depression, people just pile their belongings onto a car or truck and move one.
They would probable sleep in their cars for awhile but eventually they will find some lodging.
If you are middle class, you can not just walk away from your mortgage, especially if you have equity. Plus I have accumulated a bunch of junk,

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:29 AM

10. GOP Wants to Stamp Out Medicaid

This is their method of testing what the populace will tolerate.

For wealthy right wingers, health care, like all the other benefits of society,
should be reserved to those who can afford to pay. Health care, in other
words, is a privilege, not a right.

This election and all its issues, is about the public good vs. private interests,
about rights vs. privileges, about tyranny for the many vs. freedom for the few.

All the Christians getting voting instructions from the pulpit haven't a clue the
rights they are voting away.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 06:25 PM

13. This absurdity is simply inhumane. nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 07:23 PM

14. That would be double-dipper Branstad.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jul 8, 2012, 11:46 PM

16. Too bad

 

Maybe it will affect only Republicans & their families.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Jul 9, 2012, 12:34 AM

17. These 11 Republican Governors Are Foolish

When people have insurance coverage then they can take advantage of using preventative care and that always saves money in the long run. By opting out these Governors are continuing to force the uninsured to use the emergency room after they have gotten sick. The hospitals in turn will continue to overcharge those that can pay for the difference.

This comes just as we learn that private insurance increases are expected to only go up 5% for 2013 and the smallest increase in decades. This is happening with only partial implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Now how stupid is it for these Governors to throw away these benefits before they are completely implemented. It is based on politics, plain ane simple since the merits would cause them to take a different route.

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