GOP Governors Are Coming Around on ObamaCare
How lobbying, politics are making them change their tune
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Rick Scott, one of ObamaCare's most ardent critics, changed his tune this week.   (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

(Newser) – Rick Scott's stunning about-face on expanding Medicaid in Florida made him the seventh Republican governor to back the ObamaCare provision, a trend delighting the law's supporters, the New York Times observes today. "I think this means the dominoes are falling," says the head of one consumer group. Why the change? In part it might be politics. Obama won all but two of the states that have flipped in November. But the other major factor is a major health industry lobbying campaign.

Hospitals in particular accepted Medicaid payment cuts because they thought the expanded system would mean more paying customers. So hospital associations have released a stream of reports arguing that the benefits of the switch outweigh the costs—one of which was reportedly a "major watershed moment" in convincing Ohio to swap. Some religious leaders have applied pressure as well. But there are still holdouts; Rick Perry, for instance, has said Texas won't follow others in "scrambling to grab every tax dollar they can."

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cornelison
Feb 24, 2013 1:23 AM CST
The fewer people who use a hospital as their primary caregiver, the more money will be saved. Primary health care providers should be family doctors. It saves the health care system money as well as give patients personal attention.
ppaca
Feb 23, 2013 3:25 PM CST
These GOP governors are merely taking advantage of the Fed's 100% reimbursement of increased Medicaid costs for 3 years due to 0bamaCare. 0bamaCare is a done deal due to the SCOTUS decision, so why not take advantage of the reimbursement? It is NOT an endorsement of the program. After the 3 years, the states can drop out of the program if it wishes to. Is the author really so uninformed that he doesn't realize that? Or is he just trying to misinform the reader? The governors are NOT backing 0bamaCare, but just getting reimbursed for their expenses.
BinThereDunThat
Feb 23, 2013 9:13 AM CST
You've got to wonder what all these Repub governors are going to use the money for, because you could almost bet your life it's not going to be used to help the poor.