The ObamaCare Fight's New Front: States
GOP state senators in Virginia say anti-ACA groups are trying to intimidate them
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 3:55 PM CDT
State Sen. Emmett Hanger.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – The whole federal government shutdown thing didn't work out so well for anti-ObamaCare activists, so expect the next war to be waged at a state level, predicts the New York Times. In Virginia, the Republican state senator heading a commission to decide whether to expand Medicaid says he's feeling the pressure. The Koch Brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity have been door-knocking and leafleting the area in what Emmett Hanger calls "an attempt to intimidate me." Another Republican senator on the commission says Americans for Prosperity have also been mailing his constituents.

"They related Medicaid expansion to defeating Obamacare, and they ignore the fact that the Affordable Care Act is the law," says John Watkins. "I think their tactics are very deceptive." The group bussed in hundreds of volunteers to Richmond last week to attend a commission hearing, reports the Times. They wore green "Economic Freedom in Action!" t-shirts, while those supporting the expansion countered in blue "Everyone Needs Coverage" shirts. Of the 125 people who testified at the six-hour hearing, twice as many were in favor of Medicaid expansion. Still, Hanger says, he doesn't like "outside groups" trying to interfere in local politics.

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cornelison
Oct 21, 2013 5:41 AM CDT
There has been over $200 million spent by conservatives in order to get rid of the new health care plan. Some GOP governors have refused federal aid (at no cost to the States) in order to expand Medicaid. Now the launch of health care has serious computer problems and conservatives once again cling to the hope that Americans will say, "Golly gee whiz. I have diabetes and Republicans say that I'll die if I sign up for Obamacare. Let's bring back the old health scheme. I'll go to the hospital when my leg has to be amputated. I'll lose my home paying for the hospital bill but golly, gosh, darn, that socialist in The White House will never win as long as I'm standing on 2 legs." Make all the noise you want, conservatives. The President waits for facts while the cacophony of pundits and conservatives run in circles.
hog_one
Oct 21, 2013 5:00 AM CDT
I think that befor the President and his team take on the States, he had better get the problems out of the computer sign-up system. I know people are going to say it isn't his fault and I'm a GOP racist redneck wanting the poor childern and elderly to die from lack of coverage for bringing it up. But the fact is, that the system is still having problems. The President has stated that the problems will be corrected. But in the mean time the private citizen, that is effected by the ACA, is still required to sign-up by March of 2014. Yet others that will fall under this program are still granted waivers and delay's in signing up. I guess you can tell I do not like the ACA. I do not like the ACA because it mainly relys on the part, that the younger people have to sign-up for it or purchase their own coverage and not pay the non-coverage tax. It also relys on those that do purchase their own coverage to help offset the cost of those that will be on the ACA. How is this done? It is done by those that have their own coverage weither it be private or through your employer with higher fees. In fact, those that are on SSI with Medicare have already been informed they will see an increase in their cost in 2014. The same can also be said about their supplemental coverage. For those that say I am incorrect, don't just say it, show me. As for those that say show us your proof. Just read the ACA, read your local paper, watch your local television stations news and read the news stories on your computer.
Eric Daniels
Oct 21, 2013 12:10 AM CDT
In Maryland the exchange works fine but I will never sign up for it due to the outrageous cost I can get low rate insurance and pay the fine and still come out saving close to 800 dollars a year. But hey let it soar and then lets see how much it's gonna cost the government to fund it when people realize it's not that affordable for most people. We need more things to drive the debt higher. Democrats may love this new law but it won't be until late 2015 after businesses are forced to adopt the law that crap will hit the fan but Obama has planned on having everyone bought into the program by then making it almost impossible to repeal at that point. Good old democrat politics at work until we can't borrow no more, kinda hope I'm around to see those days.