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Well now, what do we have here? Yet ANOTHER ugly schism within the GOP ranks and lo behold! The culprit? OBAMACARE!!

Included in this story at TPM is the interesting tidbits about how the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare is causing quite a stir in states with GOP governors. Seems not only was the the expansion great policy in that it will help a great deal of people, but it was also a ticking political time bomb that is now starting to go kablooie and the shrapnel is flying all over States with GOP governors:

The Awkward Pivot

But look what’s happening down in the states. Republicans are now fighting among themselves over one of the signature initiatives of the dreaded ‘Obamacare’. First, Florida. A few weeks ago, Gov. Rick Scott bucked expectations and decided to accept the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Yesterday, his Republican-dominated state House voted to block that decision.

Even more striking is Arizona. Gov. Jan Brewer was another GOP Governor who bucked expectations and decided to opt-in to the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Now GOP SuperPACs are battling it out over her decision and, by extension, Obamacare. Americans for Prosperity is running ads attacking Brewer for the decision. And she’s now being defended by another Super PAC, Restoring Arizona, which is encouraging voters to support Brewer’s “fiscally conservative Medicaid plan.”

So take stock of that. Republican Super PACs are now battling it out at the state level over the merits of Obamacare. That’s where we are.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: []

    by Beetwasher on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:48:35 AM PST

  •  Republicans have no problem playing both sides. (7+ / 0-)

    Schizophrenic politics is one of their trademarks.  They can cry "freedom!" while bragging about torturing people.  And unless there's someone organized and on point on our side holding them accountable for it - which historically has been unusual - it works for them, because the media (which they own) will not point out the contradiction.

    Ask me if I'm afraid. I say, "Of course not. I'm a fool, and fools never die."

    by Troubadour on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:58:28 AM PST

  •  GOP only wins when its audience (4+ / 0-)
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    Beetwasher, Deep Texan, JohnB47, a2nite

    is hopped up on hate and fear. Once sobriety and reality sets in, one huge political hangover settles in and facts start to matter. The operatives COULD moderate their message to match the realities OR they could dip into the hate-mongering machine and gin up a whole new set of outrages. I suspect they will go to the latter.

  •  Soon they'll be taking credit for Obamacare (6+ / 0-)

    While this is snark, the ease with which the GOP memory let's go of memories they don't like for a revisionist history showing them as effectual and responsible is stunning.
    They've never accepted responsibility for Iraq or their attacks on the economy with irresponsible tax cuts in time of war, or lack of regulations for the economy and ecology. It's time America had a history lesson that puts the right in their place.

  •  It's a fractal. (4+ / 0-)
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    freerad, Beetwasher, Deep Texan, tb92

    The split that was once a single crack is appearing at each level that you zoom in on!
    This is what I have been hoping for for DECADES! (and inaccurately predicting would happen next)
    The deeper and harder and faster this all goes (hey wait a minute....) the better! I want to see them dissolve into a half dozen warring factions that will never again work together!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:40:47 AM PST

    •  I Think They've Passed the Point of No Return (2+ / 0-)
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      There's too many competing pressures.  If 2014 is the bloodbath it's shaping up to be and they lose the House, that could really accelerate things.

      If by the miracle of gerrymander they hang on to the house, they may be able to hang on to make a go at '16, but the pressures will be enormous by then...

      I can first time really envision the complete breakdown of the GOP, I don't know what shape or form it's going to take, but the GOP is no longer a workable psychosocial construct, the inertiae towards dissolution seems irreversible to me at this point.

      This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: []

      by Beetwasher on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:05:06 AM PST

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  •  Rick Perry is standing firm in the "no" camp (2+ / 0-)
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    But pressure is growing on trying to push the leislature, and him, to rethink his position. From my paper today:

    Some leading Republican lawmakers, while they dislike the federal health law’s call for states to expand Medicaid, would push harder for a deal to bring home some of the billions offered if they didn’t fear Gov. Rick Perry would undercut them.

    The above article has some nice graphics on what states are on -board with it, who is opposed, and who is still thinking; as well as info on how many people would be affected. It also includes this discouraging note:

    Key legislators say President Barack Obama’s administration is so eager to bring health care coverage to some of Texas’ 6.1 million uninsured residents that it might make concessions to the state. For example, it might let Texas charge hefty co-payments on adults who would be eligible for Medicaid under the federal law. Or, instead of placing them in Medicaid, it might give them subsidies to buy private plans.
    Meanwhile, this article (also today) goes into detail on the economic impact. the embedded video also has some good slides on the dollar value of jobs, ripple effect on retail sales, etc.
    Perryman said the Medicaid dollars would boost growth, reduce costs for uncompensated care and insurance, and enhance productivity. With those outcomes and the multiplier effects, Texas would get $1.29 in revenue for every $1 that it spends, he projects.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:05:36 AM PST

  •  Psst (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan

    It's a proposed Medicaid expansion, not Medicare.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:06:15 AM PST

  •  Popcorn! Popcorn! Get it here, get it now! (4+ / 0-)

    Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. --Herman Melville

    by ZedMont on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:19:18 AM PST

  •  Looks like the Overton window has moved (3+ / 0-)
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    sharply to the left on the issue of health care.

    Alternative rock with something to say:

    by khyber900 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:36:57 AM PST

    •  well the landscape has been changing (2+ / 0-)
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      for a while and that has certain ramifications.

      the more the GOP went to right, the more ground they gave up in the middle.  while this pulled dems to the right, the process will eventually mean republicans no longer have a base big enough to maintain power like they have.

      it's inevitable. they are their own worst enemies at this point.  i say keep it up.

      -You want to change the system, run for office.

      by Deep Texan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:45:56 AM PST

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  •  i agree with Carville (2+ / 0-)
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    this is great for us.  our job is easier the more whack they get.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 10:43:05 AM PST

  •  does anyone have an (1+ / 0-)
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    address where i can have a few more pallets of rocks delivered to them?  they will surely stone themselves to death if we just let them.  they live in the stone age of political thought, medical information, ecological ideas, and social constructs so why not rocks as weapons?  throw more, throw more i say!

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