Monday, April 22, 2013

Tale of Three Gov's [UPDATED]

■ First up, Ohio: Recently, the Ohio House put the kibosh on Gov Kasich's plan to expand Medicaid. It should be noted that this is still an ongoing battle political skirmish, but it highlights the fact that this is far from a "done deal."

Next, uber-wonk Avik Roy reports that legislators in the Wolverine State have also voted to turn aside their Governor's plan to expand Medicaid in that state.

Ohio's Kasich and Michigan's Snyder, both Republicans, face prolonged battles within their own party as they try to implement this key "feature" of the ObamaTax.

David Adams runs the Kentucky Progress blog, where he's been doing yeoman's work keeping track of ObamaTax implementation in the Bluegrass State. Turns out, Kentucky Governor Steve Bashear (the lone Democrat in our little triumverate) believes he has the power to unilaterally install an Exchange. David actually filed suit against the Governor, and has been detailing the lawsuit's progress on his blog.

Good stuff.

UPDATE: Co-blogger Bob Vineyard has some potentially bad news for folks in Ohio and Michigan:

"Rejecting the Medicaid expansion in the federal health care law could have unexpected consequences for states where Republican lawmakers remain steadfastly opposed to [the ObamaTax] ... could mean exposing businesses to Internal Revenue Service penalties and leaving low-income citizens unable to afford coverage"

But we were promised that it would lower premiums by 3000% - what happened?
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