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Maine Rep. Deb Sanderson

Life is so much simpler when you're a tea party Republican. In Maine, close to 25,000 people fall into the Medicaid gap created when the state's Republican leadership refused to accept Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. While the state's Senate has been able to pass Medicaid expansion proposals, they haven't been able to get enough votes to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto.

That, says Rep. Deb Sanderson (R) is just fine.

“Maybe it will incentivize some folks” to work more so they can make more money, Sanderson told the newspaper. She also criticized Medicaid expansion for turning people away from the private insurance market.

“You’re taking personal choice away from people who may choose to not be on the (Medicaid) rolls,” Sanderson said. “That’s lousy.”

Now, why didn't those poor people just think of that! All they have to do is find one more crappy, part-time job—if they can squeeze it into their schedule between their other part-time crappy jobs. Then maybe they can exercise their "personal choice" and get some health care. Ah, it's all just so simple if you're a Republican and don't have to live in the real world.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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