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Friday, September 05, 2014

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos: The 23 states that have refused Medicaid expansion under Obamacare will be sending $152 billion in taxes paid over the next 10 years to states that did expand. That's from a McClatchy analysis of Urban Institute data. Among the states that will be really losing out, is North Carolina, which will shell out about $10 billion. That's not even counting the negative economic impact that the state is experiencing because of hospital closures. The 23 states that didn't take the expansion money are losing out on $170 billion just in payments to hospitals, and at the same time those hospitals are having to absorb cuts.

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When the law was written, hospitals agreed to take some cuts under the assumption that they would make up the difference by having fewer uninsured patients. That was before the Supreme Court decided that states didn't have to take the expansion. Now those cuts are hitting and the hospitals are still having to treat the uninsured.

That problem, and state and local business support for expansion could make the difference in North Carolina and some of the other states. That's why states like Wyoming, and Tennesee, and Indiana, and Connecticut -- and even Utah -- are exploring expansion. Pretty soon they're going to discover that they can't afford not to.

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Citizens don't matter to Rethugs. All that matters is taking back the White House by blaming Obama. Being able to blame Obama means deliberately tanking the economy.

#1 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-09-05 09:36 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

States Rights!Keep your government healthcare out of my Medicare!

#2 | Posted by catdog at 2014-09-05 11:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

Citizens don't matter to Rethugs.

FWIW, once I see that a post uses an epithet like "Rethugs" or "Dumbocrats", I stop reading it because I don't expect it to advance the discussion.

I doubt I'm alone in this, so if you have something of substance to discuss, you may want to stop doing that.

#3 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath at 2014-09-05 11:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

#3 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath at 2014-09-05 11:41 AMFlag: (Choose)
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You know this is a heavy Partisan Blog, right?

#4 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2014-09-05 11:43 AM | Reply | Flag:

As I said on another thread..

There are still a lot of people who don't want to admit it here, but for Colorado, Obamacare has already been a significant improvement. Everyone who needs it should now have access to coverage. And because of the Medicaid expansion, for the first time in several years our hospital is actually revenue positive. Our insurance rate increases have also not been nearly as severe over the last couple of years.

If you aren't a multimillionaire and you have a serious medical issue, it must really suck to live in a state that didn't implement the law.

#5 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-09-05 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

A fundamental difference between Wussies and Rethugs is that the Wussies accept the results of elections and will not deliberately undermine the economy in order to further their agenda. In other ways they are more similar than different.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-09-05 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Somebody needs to notify Governor Faux-gravitas-with-glasses that he f-ed up in order to continue his macho overcompensation.

#7 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-09-05 11:58 AM | Reply | Flag:

Whatsleft:
I'm in Texas, now have significant medical issues, and I can tell you: you are correct. I have no options and I'm at the mercy of the insurance company when and where I will get seen and get treatment. Changing insurance plans isn't possible at my company, they bid together and we all have one choice and one only.

#8 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-09-05 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I'm in Texas, now have significant medical issues, and I can tell you: you are correct.

If you are a republican, will the lack of Medicaid expansion in Texas cause you to vote for the democrat running for governor? Or does the republican running for governor pledge to push for the expansion of Medicaid?

#9 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2014-09-05 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

That will all reverse once big fed govy decides to cut off the states that expanded. It will eventually happen because one day fed govy's lenders will cut THEM off.

#10 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-09-05 01:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

#10 Wow. 2 wrong hits in one sentence. Good shooting.

Better be healthy and stay that way. Or rich.

#11 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-09-05 01:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I doubt I'm alone in this, so if you have something of substance to discuss, you may want to stop doing that.

#3 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath

We already know that the people he is referring to (THE RETHUGS) are not actually interested in "discussing" anything.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-09-05 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

And...We want to thank the 23 states that supported the ObamaCare expansion for the rest of the country by shelling out billions and sacrificing their own citizens health and getting no benefits in return.

We appreciate your Paid-triotic duty!

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-09-05 03:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

The bottom line is that people need to vote for politicians who will download their personal expenses on to someone else. Next topic.

#14 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-09-05 03:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Expansion of federal government power, always a good thing! I mean really, when has a nations government ever turned tyrannical against its own citizens?

#15 | Posted by danv at 2014-09-05 03:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

The bottom line is that people need to vote for politicians who will download their personal expenses on to someone else. Next topic.

#14 | Posted by madbomber

Do you understand the difference between a country and a person? What, exactly do you understand the purpose to be of having a country at all (rather than a collection of individuals independent of one another)?

#16 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-09-05 04:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

Do you understand the difference between a country and a person? What, exactly do you understand the purpose to be of having a country at all (rather than a collection of individuals independent of one another)?

#16 | Posted by WhoDaMan

Hey! This is Amurica! Don't you be a messin with our FreeDumbs!

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-09-05 07:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Oh, yeah. I forgot. American Exceptionalism!

#18 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-09-05 08:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

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