From Talking Points Memo:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will not implement “Obamacare” provisions such as the Medicaid expansion and the insurance exchanges. The decision could mean that Texas ultimately loses an opportunity to cover half of its uninsured residents and relinquishes to the federal government more control over its health care system. …
Perry joins other GOP governors — including Florida’s Rick Scott, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker — in refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court upheld the law but said the federal government may not cut off a state’s Medicaid funds if they turn down the expansion. If a state refuses to set up the insurance market exchanges, the federal government does it for them.
You know this is all just a show, right? Perry, Walker, Scott and Haley all know that if they opt out, the rest of the country will pick up the cost. That’s what Red States do. They take an anti-federal government tone, then they suck up every federal dollar they can get. They are leeches.
This chart is “mostly true” according to PolitiFact. When it first came out in 2008, it was accurate. But the first obvious flaw is that New Mexico is listed as a Red State. It was in 2004. That changed in 2008.
But the overall message is clear: Too many Blue States are putting in more and getting back less because the Red States get more from the government than the tax dollars they contribute. So Red States really don’t want what they’re asking for, because the minute they get it, the Blue States will finally be able to stop bailing them out.
And by the way, what is happening in health care in places like South Carolina?
Shirley Johnson gets her medical care at Palmetto Health Baptist hospital’s emergency room in Columbia, South Carolina. She goes when her back gives out or when a benign tumor near her ribcage swells and throbs. She goes for headaches, heartburn, and spider bites, leaving the hospital a sheaf of unpaid bills.
“I owe so much money,” said Johnson. “The last time I went just for my toe. It cost $1,000.”
Johnson, as a 49-year-old with no dependents, isn’t eligible for Medicaid, the joint state-federal health program for the poor, which covers about 20 percent of the state’s residents. And in two years, when President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul allows the expansion of Medicaid to cover 17 million more Americans, she may still be left behind.
Governor Nikki Haley, a Tea Party-backed Republican, was among the first state leaders to oppose expanding Medicaid after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can’t make states do so. Caught between poverty and pressure to curb government’s power, South Carolina illustrates the forces at play in the nation’s capitals amid the broadest changes to the health care system since 1965.