One of the looming issues of the 2012 presidential campaign is health care reform and it’s an issue Republicans have shifted on strategically, much to the detriment of most Americans.
Instead of openly campaigning to repeal Obamacare, a tactic that has only limited reach to already an already loyal voting base, Republicans are calling it a failure by blocking implementation, and there’s no better example than Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) turning returning $11 million in federal grants that would have made cost-saving improvements to existing health programs for the poor.
The money Walker returned was flagged specifically for improving enrollment systems for existing state Medicaid health programs for the poor–improvements Walker himself had championed as part of his “reform” agenda.
Because what the state of Wisconsin can afford right now is to turn away money to pay for Medicaid improvements that everyone agrees are necessary. Brilliant.
Had Walker accepted that money the state would have seen the cost-saving benefit of streamlining enrollment systems. Walker would have looked like a competent executive of the state and a modest and simple policy objective of Obamacare would have been attained.
Instead, the Republican leadership has demanded that right do everything it can to make health care reform a failure–even if it hurts their own interests and their states. It’s cynical, Machiavellian strategy and about the furthest thing from leadership imaginable.
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