As Terry McAuliffe is sworn in as Governor of Virginia today the stage is being set for a battle with the GOP controlled House of Delegates to embrace Medicaid Expansion. As noted before, this would bring health care to 400,000 Virginians, create an estimated 30,000 new jobs, and bring billions of dollars in federal money to Virginia. Among rational, sentient people (which excludes most Republicans), expansion is a no brainer. But among the Christofascist/Tea Party crowd, expansion is tantamount to heresy. Why? The real reason, in my view boils down to racism: the opponents of expansion think most beneficiaries will be poor minority group members. You know, the folks these pious folks view as disposable garbage. But despite this opposition from the GOP base, some states and governors may be reconsidering - perhaps because of the pressure brought by powerful hospital associations that would benefit from expansion. Politico looks at the possible changing situation:
Republicans counting on a year of nonstop Obamacare-bashing may be in for an unwelcome surprise: more red-state governors ditching the political script to take a second look at the law’s huge expansion of Medicaid.
The party plans to make Obamacare and its early stumbles a central campaign issue in 2014; the House plans two anti-Obamacare votes Friday. But in the states, the Medicaid expansion — a giant, dangling carrot worth billions of federal dollars to states that sign up — has proved attractive to nearly a dozen GOP governors, and a handful more are on the fence.