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Sat Mar 30, 2013, 05:42 PM

Will the GOP’s plan to fight Obamacare in the states backfire?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/29/will-the-gops-plan-to-fight-obamacare-in-the-states-backfire/

Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act celebrated its third birthday last weekend. This particular anniversary was a big deal, because it was often unclear whether the law would reach it. In the first place, it was imperiled by the Supreme Court; in the second, by the Republican Party’s promise to kill it if Republicans won the White House in 2012. Over the past year, Obamacare survived both challenges, and next year it will begin its core mission of insuring tens of millions of Americans.

Republicans, however, haven’t quite given up. Their slogan, “repeal and replace,” has given way to “resist and annoy.” Unable to get rid of Obamacare, many have settled on a strategy of making it function as poorly as possible. At the national level, House Republicans have refused to appropriate funds for implementation. At the state level, most Republican governors have refused to set up insurance exchanges, and many have refused to expand Medicaid.

The question, though, is whether governors who purposefully do a very bad job implementing Obamacare will hurt the law, or just themselves and their states. Call it the California v. Texas question.

In 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California signed into law two bills to establish the online insurance marketplace — “exchanges” — that are at the center of President Obama’s health-care reform. In addition to being the first state to pass legislation implementing Obamacare, California promptly accepted the law’s Medicaid expansion. By this time next year, when the expansion is fully underway, it’s possible that the portion of the state’s uninsured population will have declined from 20 percent to less than five percent.
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Sun Mar 31, 2013, 02:55 AM

1. Probably.

Chances are the more that Americans learn about it, the more they will like it and possibly even want to move on to the next step (single-payer). Once Obamacare is fully implemented in a handful of states, people will see for themselves that all the bad things that Republicans claimed would happen are nothing but scare-tactics.
I'd be biting my finger nails now if I were Michele Bachmann. Everybody is going to see that it will not kill people, contrary to what she stated last week.

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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 12:41 PM

2. big states vs small states

The truth is that this will ultimately become a big versus small contest. A small state, say North Dakota, may be able to "resist" better. Small population, potentially fairly well employed, may choose to not expand medicaid and avoid the additional costs that would come with that. The money they would turn down would be of minor consequence.

But a state like Florida is potentially turning down a big chunk o cash into their state. That's alot of money that would "stimulate" their economy. It will get harder, even though it means spending some of their own money too, to ignore that money.

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