An article on ZeroHedge titled, “It Was A Pretty Disturbing Briefing”: Why State Governors Suddenly Got Cold Feet About Obamacare Repeal spoke about the difficulty the states see in the new administration’s efforts to repeal Obamacare. The crux of the problem is the statists’ fear of the wrath of people who lose government funded healthcare and the vast amount of federal money in play for the states to quickly repeal and/or replace Obamacare. The article makes it clear as shown in the quote below; governors fear the back lash from those forced off of the dole and of the loss of federal funding for their Medicaid programs if changes are made to Obamacare.
“Tens of thousands who would not be able to afford their coverage and would lose their coverage,” Democratic Governor Jay Inslee of Washington said after the closed-door meeting. “It was a pretty disturbing briefing.”
In non-statist speech, the governor of Washington was simply saying that taking these people off of the public dole would be politically untenable – the MSM would have a field day reporting how evil politicians are hurting Americans and how irresponsible governors are for ever growing state budget deficits.
I suspect other governors beyond Inslee, both Democratic and Republican, feel the same as they are more concerned with keeping their positions of power by keeping everyone happy rather than face the truth of the debt ridden situation Obamacare places America’s finances into. This is not a right vs. left issue but one of survival of statist politicians. From the same article:
On Friday, Kasich called House Republicans’ initial plans to replace the health-care law “inadequate.” Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate, didn’t go into details during brief remarks to reporters after a meeting Friday with President Donald Trump. “To me, it’s not acceptable,” Kasich said. The governor, who opened Ohio’s Medicaid program to more low-income people under Obamacare, has advocated maintaining the Medicaid expansion. He has said the income limit for the program should be lower.
Whether one believes it or not, once the ink was dry on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the die was cast. With Obamacare as the first step, America is heading towards socialized medicine and likely financial Armageddon. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in their March 2016 report shows this in the large and growing expenditures the federal government is making to support ACA.1
The federal government subsidizes health insurance for most Americans through a variety of federal programs and tax preferences. In 2016, those subsidies for people under age 65 will total more than $600 billion, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate. (The government also bears significant costs for health insurance for people 65 or older, mostly through Medicare and Medicaid).
Like the metaphor about the frog in boiling water, Obamacare is mechanism the statists are using to control America’s healthcare system.
- Federal Subsidies for Health Insurance Coverage for People Under Age 65: 2016 to 2026. Rep. Washington, DC: Congressional Budget Office, 2016. Print.