This should be more good news for those without access to health insurance.
Louisiana just elected a Democratic governor to replace the disaster that was Bobby Jindal, and immediately, his replacement expanded Medicaid, something Jindal, like so many other Republican governors, refused to do. Now those in that state with low incomes and a desperate need for health care will finally get it.
As we know all too well, Florida Republicans are hell-bent against allowing the same for low income Floridians.
However, given Louisiana's move, President Obama is doing something to entice other governors to do the same:
In order to win over the holdouts, and get coverage to those remaining people, President Barack Obama now wants to tweak the way the federal government pays for its share of Medicaid. Under a proposal that the administration unveiled Thursday, states that come late to the Medicaid expansion, as Louisiana just did, would get the same sweet funding deal as states like Minnesota, Kentucky and Maryland that embraced the expansion initially.
There's just one hurdle though, and unfortunately it's a big one:
Obama can’t do this on his own, however. The small, straightforward adjustment would require an act of Congress. That makes the prospects of enactment extremely dim, because the Republican majorities in both chambers have shown little enthusiasm for modifying the president's health care law -- except in ways that would undermine it.
To say the prospects are dim puts it mildly. Given that Congressional Republicans insist on wasting millions in taxpayer dollars to symbolically vote to repeal Obamacare as it is, and have done so over 50 times already, the chances that they will give him a hand to make it easier for holdout states to expand Medicaid are practically a non-starter. Not to mention the fact that the GOP's media arm is already outraged that the President wants to take steps to cure cancer. Yes, seriously. (Incidentally, the President's proposal to cure cancer will partially take place right here in Florida at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, who will play a leading role in the effort.)
This highlights once again that elections have not only consequences, but your vote can mean the difference between life and death for yourself and many others, especially when you elect a politician with an "R" behind their name.
One can only hope Florida voters have finally learned that lesson.
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