Dallas County citizens paid over $467 million in taxes last year in order to cover care for the uninsured, a cost that could be reduced by expanding Medicare.
Republicans’ fiercest opponents are themselves. Actual reality has proven to be a powerful countervailing force, when enough Americans vote.
Even though Luis Lang, a Republican, refused to buy coverage under the dreaded “Obamacare,” he thought it would be available to him in an emergency.
Rick Scott isn’t a functioning governor. He is the emptiest of empty suits — no talent for leadership, no muscle for compromise, no sense whatsoever of the big picture.
If conservative states do expand Medicaid, it is often complicated, discourages enrollment, and penalizes the poor by requiring premium payments.
By rejecting Obamacare, Bobby Jindal opts out of Medicaid assistance for Baton Rougean, forcing neighborhood hospitals to close.
Former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce resigned from his position as the Arizona Republican Party’s vice chairman on Sunday, after suggesting that Arizona sterilize all women on Medicaid. “You put me in charge of Medicaid,” Pearce said on his radio show last week, “the first thing I’d do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, […]
By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health-care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states — while receiving nothing in return. This exodus of federal tax dollars from […]
Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania is the latest Republican to retreat from the Obamacare wars. On Thursday, the federal government approved Governor Corbett’s plan to expand Medicaid in the Keystone State, making it the 27th state in the nation to adopt the controversial provision of the Affordable Care Act. Corbett had initially opposed expanding Medicaid […]
By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Only four days after the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, N.C., closed its doors for good on July 1, Portia Gibbs suffered a heart attack in neighboring Hyde County, which has no doctors or hospitals. Residents of Hyde, a sprawling, rural county in eastern North Carolina, had long […]