GOP Blocking Health Care Reform At The State Level

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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Jude Hand
Judith Hand3 years ago

Check out the Republican response in Florida, a State badly in need of help with healthcare.

Nancy Black
Nancy Black3 years ago

Walker better watch out; he not's too popular now, and if he angers the woman vote also, there is no way he will stay governor.

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Randy B.
Randy B.3 years ago

I think that health care reform is a great idea. I have type 1 diabetes and for me to get insurance, it was a nightmare until I found "Penny Medical" search for them online and you can get affordable health insurance instantly.

Mark S.
Mark S.3 years ago

The GOP is all about how much money they can take. If they get rid of programs like social security, they will use it for their own pleasure. They don't give a flying (bleep) about the middle and lower classes, except for votes, and THAT'S ALL. Once they get in, the GOP just pass laws that benefit themselves and their wealthy cronies. The rest of us could die for all they care, except they need slaves and more soldiers to get killed in their stupid senseless "wars".
The democrats are not a whole lot better, though.

Lynn Crandall
Lynn Crandall3 years ago

It seems to me the GOP is digging it's own grave. Some of the stuff they are doing is putrid enough to be buried. The trouble is they've sent a lot of innocent folk ahead of them.

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell3 years ago

Well, I do agree with Jeffrey on one thing (never thought I would say that), most Americans are not happy with Obamacare, but not for the reasons he believes. We are upset that he didn't do more! We are upset that he is still allowing the insurance companies (the problem in our healthcare system) to call the shots. We are upset that he didn't start out with a single-payer system and gave in to Republican demands. It wasn't Obama who brought you the current Affordable Heath Care act. It was Republicans in Congress.

He knew he couldn't get what he really wanted passed, even with a "majority" in both houses. I put "majority" in quotes because if you actually attended and passed civics classes, you would know that without a super majority in the Senate (at least 60 votes), the minority party can, and does, block any legislation using something known as a filibuster. This was put into place by our founding fathers to prevent the majority from running over the minority. Remember when the Republican Congress under W. wanted to remove the filibuster from the Senate? At the time it was to prevent the Democratic minority from using it. I'll bet they are glad they didn't, now that they use it every other day.

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell3 years ago

Thank you for the star, Aime, and your comment. BTW, even if I manage to make to through this without surgery, people should also know that due to lack of money, I live in constant abdominal pain. I cannot afford the pain medication that would help me get through it. Maybe this is the Republican plan? Make the unisured and poor people's lives so miserable, they commit suicide. Problem solved!

Steve R said "I have a feeling Walker rejected it because there were federal "requirements" attached to it, that would take away some of Wisconsin's autonomy as a state."

So it's OK for people to die for lack of healthcare as long as Wisconsin doesn't have those nasty Feds telling him what to do? I would presume Walker is a "good Christian", so he will have to answer to his God for this one, especially if any children die from this action. "What you do to the least of thee, you do to me." Walker just denied healthcare to Jesus!

Lynda Harrison
Lynda Harrison3 years ago

I wonder how many of these RePUBIC-clowns who would deny health care to the citizenry are among the fifty million or so who cannot afford health insurance.

Amie K.
Amie K.3 years ago

I wonder how many people like Sherrie B will die because of the hubris of the Repugs. Walker will soon be shown the door ala the recall but that sure doesn't help sick people in the meantime. We should be ashamed that this is happening in the wealthiest country in the world! :-(