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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:23 AM

scott walker's giant blunder: (from daily kos


"The blunder I refer to doesn't involve his extremist legislation and budget passed through a Republican dominated Legislature, successful efforts to discredit official government economic numbers by inventing his own to hide the devastating effects of his budget and policies, or his phony baloney meme of "It's Working" when it clearly isn't. The major blunder he made didn't even involve legislation.

Walker announced in December 2011 that his administration was stopping work on a Wisconsin exchange until the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled on whether the federal law was constitutional. Facing criticism from conservatives wanting nothing to do with the health law, Walker also ended up turning down $38 million in federal money that could have gone to implementing it in the state.
In 2011, amid the chaos of recall and protests and ramming through his extremist agenda and signing those bills as quickly as he could get a pen in his hand, he "knew" the US Supreme Court would strike down the ACA or that Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats would be defeated in Jovember, 2012, and, because of that, Obama Care would be repealed.

He decided to reject $38 million in federal funds to begin implementation of the state portion of the Affordable Care Act. He opted out of setting up state exchanges.
He and his administration have until November 16, a week away, to do what they had over a year to do and they don't have the $38 million dollars the rejected last year.

Even after the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA was Constitutional, Walker listened to the voices in his bubble that told him the GOP would win the Presidency and full control of Congress, doubling down on his "certainty" that the ACA would be repealed.

When President Obama was re-elected and Democrats retained (and enlarged) their majority in the Senate, Scott Walkers RW bubble burt and reality rushed in."

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/08/1158977/-Scott-Walkers-Bubble-Has-Burst-Scottenfreuden

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:40 AM

1. Ouch, the Republics can't even count on the animals anymore?

 

That's gonna suck.

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:19 AM

2. He's talked about this on several occasions, he thinks he can throw it together

I really have no idea. IIRC he thinks he has until the new year to piece together a state response, but it's true he's going to have to do it in a hurry and without the federal money to help with its implementation.

Walker seems to love this sort of thing as it forces acceptance of the brinkmanship for which he's infamous. There's gonna be no time for his opponents to examine and challenge his implementation, which if it's like his past initiatives will rely heavily on boilerplate from plutocratic think tanks.

Yes Scotty has blundered...and enabled his brinksmanship, again.

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:30 AM

3. I think our governor, Rick Scott of Florida refused the funds too.

He is so hated in this state.

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Response to Maraya1969 (Reply #3)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:24 AM

4. Not only did he turn down the funds, he is still refusing to setup the exchanges.

and if you will recall, he's the idiot who turned down the federal funds for high speed rail.

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:31 AM

5. The thing they have to decide is whether they will set up the exchange or let the Feds do it

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:48 AM

6. LePage put Maine in a similar position

 

and he's got a large Democratic majority in the legislature and senate to deal with now. He was hoping for a waver that would let him throw tens of thousands of people off of Medicaid. Wasn't likely to happen then, never going to happen now.

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:22 AM

7. A week to do a years worth of planning.... I wonder how that's going to impact Wisconsin?

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:51 AM

8. I think I would rather the feds set up the xchanges than these asshat governors.

They will almost certainly do a better job.

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Response to amborin (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:20 AM

9. He will probably let the Feds set up the exchange and then blame Obama for "taking over" the

health insurance system in Wisconsin.

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Response to yellowcanine (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:22 AM

10. Good, let him.

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