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(Think Progress)   Governor Terry McAuliffe to Virginia Republicans: I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of my unilaterally expanding Medicaid coverage   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 65
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2014-06-20 02:39:51 PM  
This never would've happened if the Cooch was still on the loose

/good
 
2014-06-20 02:40:45 PM  
Good!
 
2014-06-20 02:43:30 PM  
After the GOP took control of the state Senate earlier this month - in a dramatic turn of events that may have involved an illegal bribe to get a Democrat to step down - Virginia lawmakers rushed to pass a budget that explicitly bans the state from expanding Medicaid.

You gotta love that illegal bribe thing. Click it and read about it. Virginia old southern politics at its finest.
 
2014-06-20 02:45:34 PM  
Republicans say that the expansion is too expensive and that it's irresponsible to pour more money into a broken government program.

Oh, look, Republicans who don't know how a government program actually works.
 
2014-06-20 02:59:50 PM  
Good for him, the assweasels want to be assweasels, just go over their heads.
 
2014-06-20 03:26:54 PM  
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2014-06-20 04:10:19 PM  
 
2014-06-20 04:10:49 PM  
Really simple question - does he have legal authority to do this? If so, good for him. If not, I can't support it.
 
2014-06-20 04:16:46 PM  
DICTATOR
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-06-20 04:46:10 PM  

DamnYankees: Really simple question - does he have legal authority to do this? If so, good for him. If not, I can't support it.


Obviously, since he couldn't do it if he didn't have the authority.
 
2014-06-20 06:15:39 PM  

Mentat: DICTATOR


Lawless!
 
2014-06-20 06:16:37 PM  
It is unlikely he will expand Medicaid.

There's an update to the article that nobody read at the bottom, but Sarah Kliff at Vox is spot on, too.
 
2014-06-20 06:20:14 PM  

Yakk: Mentat: DICTATOR

Lawless!


HOW DARE HE TRY TO GIVE POOR PEOPLE MEDICAL COVERAGE?!?
 
2014-06-20 06:21:21 PM  

somedude210: This never would've happened if the Cooch was still on the loose


Instead The Macker is on the attack... er.
 
2014-06-20 06:22:49 PM  
Now to make this Perfectly awesome, let's make sure that Puckett and his daughter don't get those cushy jobs that he threw away his political career (and human card) for.
 
2014-06-20 06:24:57 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Good for him, the assweasels want to be assweasels, just go over their heads.


Yeah, screw rule of law!
 
2014-06-20 06:25:08 PM  

Soup4Bonnie: It is unlikely he will expand Medicaid.

There's an update to the article that nobody read at the bottom, but Sarah Kliff at Vox is spot on, too.


Hmm, that's not as exciting.  Hopefully he finds a way to get the people the coverage they need while also infuriating the Republicans as much as possible.
 
2014-06-20 06:30:41 PM  
I live in Tennessee but work in Virginia

The resident tea tards were all butthurt this morning.
 
2014-06-20 06:31:01 PM  
FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no
 
2014-06-20 06:32:33 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Hmm, that's not as exciting.  Hopefully he finds a way to get the people the coverage they need while also infuriating the Republicans as much as possible.


Some 25,000 veterans and their spouses would receive medical coverage if Virginia expanded medicaid as was done in other states but let's bellow verbosely about the long wait times at the VA.
 
2014-06-20 06:35:22 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: TuteTibiImperes: Good for him, the assweasels want to be assweasels, just go over their heads.

Yeah, screw rule of law!


How is Terry McAuliffe breaking the law? Be specific.
 
2014-06-20 06:37:29 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: TuteTibiImperes: Good for him, the assweasels want to be assweasels, just go over their heads.

Yeah, screw rule of law!


Explain how this is illegal, please.
 
2014-06-20 06:38:29 PM  
This is why in Georgia the state legislature has removed the power of the governor to expand Medicaid because they're scared Democrat Jason Carter will win the election for governor in November.
 
2014-06-20 06:43:05 PM  
or, you could be like Georgia and Tennessee.

Refuse it, and close rural hospitals because that's what jesus would want.
 
2014-06-20 06:43:13 PM  

tinyarena: I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father


One of the biggest snowjobs the so-called "liberal" media has pushed in recent decades is the equation of "fiscally conservative" with "fiscally responsible."

I doubt very much you're fiscally conservative by the definition arrived at by examining the actions of self-identified fiscally conservative politicians. That definition means "slashing revenues and increasing spending, especially on the military but also on popular domestic programs."

And this is by design. Fiscal conservatives decided decades ago that the way to defeat the welfare state is through a strategy they call "starve the beast," a term popularized by Ronald Reagan. "Starve the beast" means intentionally driving the country to insolvency by a continuing program of slashed revenues and increased spending. They aim to bankrupt the nation, and thereby force elimination of the popular spending programs they so despise.

My guess is you favor fiscal responsibility, neutrally defined as "revenues matching or exceeding spending." You may prefer spending cuts to achieve that match. But even that doesn't make you "fiscally conservative" by today's empirical definition. On the contrary, any program of fiscal responsibility neutrally defined puts you fiscally on the far left of today's politics.
 
2014-06-20 06:46:17 PM  

Baz744:
My guess is you favor fiscal responsibility, neutrally defined as "revenues matching or exceeding spending." You may prefer spending cuts to achieve that match. But even that doesn't make you "fiscally conservative" by today's empirical definition. On the contrary, any program of fiscal responsibility neutrally defined puts you fiscally on the far left of today's politics.


That is correct, thanks.
 
2014-06-20 06:53:56 PM  

hardinparamedic: or, you could be like Georgia and Tennessee.

Refuse it, and close rural hospitals because that's what jesus would want.


Jesus had access to the best care in Tiberius and Jerusalem, those people in Sinai could go pound sand.
 
2014-06-20 07:04:00 PM  

tinyarena: I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father


Are you the father of a daughter?  That might be one reason to not be a Republican.

Also, being able to keep your kids on your insurance until they are 26 must count for something in today's employment climate.
 
2014-06-20 07:11:41 PM  

tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no


So you're a business owner eh? How many jets does your business own? Anything less than 3 and you should not be a Republican.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2014-06-20 07:21:53 PM  
I guess the "executive orders are unconstitutional" thing is the best that anyone can come up with.
.
 
2014-06-20 07:32:17 PM  

tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no


This is the problem. They could appeal to you. But they double down on the stupid, ignorant crap that they don't. I really think that the last few years have cost them because of the venom,. the hatred and the bile. Sure, you have the very loud minority on the internet and on TV but I really think that many moderates have been turned off. I know for a fact many folks do not like the extreme anti-gay crap that the ignorant often spew.
 
2014-06-20 07:41:48 PM  

max_pooper: tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no

So you're a business owner eh? How many jets does your business own? Anything less than 3 and you should not be a Republican.


I have three. But one of them is used exclusively to dry my tennis court after it rains.
 
2014-06-20 07:50:56 PM  

EngineerAU: they're scared Democrat Jason Carter will win the election for governor in November.


...in Valen's name.

img3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-06-20 07:51:08 PM  

fusillade762: max_pooper: tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no

So you're a business owner eh? How many jets does your business own? Anything less than 3 and you should not be a Republican.

I have three. But one of them is used exclusively to dry my tennis court after it rains.


What kind of peasant doesn't have a self-drying surface and retractable roof for his personal tennis court?
 
2014-06-20 07:55:37 PM  
I try not to prostelyze much, but I do like to point out to my co-workers here in SC that they pay federal taxes into this program but get no benefit simply because the state leadership decided to say "aw fark it" and refused to allow you the benefits of what you are already paying for
 
2014-06-20 07:58:27 PM  
fta "I am moving forward," he said, noting that lawmakers' continued refusal to extend health care to an estimated 400,000 of the state's poorest residents sends him "to bed every night with a pit in my stomach." He called the GOP's decision to block Medicaid expansion "unconscionable."

One more time, lieberal.
Step 1) Block the poors access to doctors
Step 2) Block their access to the voting booth
Step 3) Sleep like a baby
 
2014-06-20 08:33:12 PM  
tinyarena:
I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no


Well, if you're fiscally conservative there is no way you should be a republican.
 
2014-06-20 08:52:49 PM  

trotsky: tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no

This is the problem. They could appeal to you. But they double down on the stupid, ignorant crap that they don't. I really think that the last few years have cost them because of the venom,. the hatred and the bile. Sure, you have the very loud minority on the internet and on TV but I really think that many moderates have been turned off. I know for a fact many folks do not like the extreme anti-gay crap that the ignorant often spew.


I'm less optimistic.  Republicans still do great in state elections, and they still have the house all sorts of gerrymandered.  Democrats need to throw everything they have into the 2020 state elections and undo some of the gerrymandering.  They're not going to get much done until then.
 
2014-06-20 08:53:29 PM  

tinyarena: I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no

I'm a small business owner as well, a total tightwad with expenses both at home and work.

But no white men other than our customers, so we don't count for shiat. Our diversity pie chart is dark and female.
 
2014-06-20 09:04:29 PM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: tinyarena: I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no
I'm a small business owner as well, a total tightwad with expenses both at home and work.

But no white men other than our customers, so we don't count for shiat. Our diversity pie chart is dark and female.


Sounds delicious.
 
2014-06-20 09:05:31 PM  
Dafatone: 

I'm less optimistic.  Republicans still do great in state elections, and they still have the house all sorts of gerrymandered.  Democrats need to throw everything they have into the 2020 state elections and undo some of the gerrymandering.  They're not going to get much done until then.

Well, on the flip side, all the gerrymandering could increasingly hurt the republicans as the decade goes on.  They created a lot of razor-thin republican majority districts and a lot of totally safe democratic districts.  The republicans have a hell of a lot more districts they could lose than the democrats do.
 
2014-06-20 09:11:43 PM  

kronicfeld: Smeggy Smurf: TuteTibiImperes: Good for him, the assweasels want to be assweasels, just go over their heads.

Yeah, screw rule of law!

How is Terry McAuliffe breaking the law? Be specific.


Governing while lib.
 
2014-06-20 09:40:53 PM  
Must be miserable to be a Teatard righty these days.  Wrong on everything, losing on everything,and have to defend Dick Cheney who's back in the public.
 
2014-06-20 09:41:53 PM  
And if there anything that deserves the hero tag, it's a liberal expanding the welfare rolls.
 
2014-06-20 09:52:51 PM  

DamnYankees: Really simple question - does he have legal authority to do this? If so, good for him. If not, I can't support it.


He doesn't have the authority.
 
2014-06-20 09:56:36 PM  

Rhaab: EngineerAU: they're scared Democrat Jason Carter will win the election for governor in November.

...in Valen's name.


... and then there are the New York Rangers -

"We live for da one, we die for da one. You gotta problem wit dat? "
 
2014-06-20 09:58:36 PM  

hardinparamedic: or, you could be like Georgia and Tennessee.

Refuse it, and close rural hospitals because that's what jesus would want.


bornagainpagan.com
 
2014-06-20 10:16:34 PM  

tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no


...they don't care about business owners (except the really rich ones) or for being fiscally conservative (unless it's a Democratic plan, then they're all for it).
 
2014-06-20 10:41:09 PM  

BKITU: fusillade762: max_pooper: tinyarena: FTFA: Across the country, GOP-led resistance to Medicaid expansion is leaving an estimated 5.8 million impoverished Americans without any access to affordable health care whatsoever. Meanwhile, the states that have agreed to expand the public program are seeing dramatic drops in their uninsurance rates and significant boosts to their budgets.

I should be a (R)epublican
I'm a business owner, fiscally conservative, husband, father.
But they're pigs
So no

So you're a business owner eh? How many jets does your business own? Anything less than 3 and you should not be a Republican.

I have three. But one of them is used exclusively to dry my tennis court after it rains.

What kind of peasant doesn't have a self-drying surface and retractable roof for his personal tennis court?


I bet he doesn't even have a Groom of the Stool, or several stewards whose job it is to speak with the help and other lesser people for him so that he doesn't have to. I bet he doesn't even make them lower their eyes when they stand before him.
 
2014-06-20 10:50:28 PM  

kronicfeld: Be specific.


The magic phrase which causes them to attempt to change the subject or start to whine.
 
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