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Surrender: Ohio Gov. Kasich Spurns Tea Party, Backs Obamacare Medicaid Expansion; Left Celebrates

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican who campaigned as a budget hawk and rode the Tea Party wave to victory in 2010, has agreed to accept Obamacare funding to expand his state’s Medicaid program, breaking ranks with fellow Republican governors and the Tea Party that elected him.

Kasich’s decision, announced yesterday, could encourage other Republican governors to do the same, joining the five who have done so already.

Originally, the Obamacare law forced states to expand their Medicaid programs. Many cash-strapped states objected, and joined the Obamacare lawsuit that the Supreme Court decided last year. One of the few bright spots for conservatives in an otherwise devastating (and, many argued, poorly reasoned) decision was that the Court affirmed the 10th Amendment right of states to opt out of the Medicaid portion of Obamacare.

But a few Republican governors–even those who said they had opposed Obamacare–decided that the federal government’s offer under the law to pay 100% of the initial cost of expansion and 90% thereafter was simply too good to refuse. The prospect of being able to tell voters that he had vastly expanded Medicaid access–and the fear of facing Democrat attacks for not doing so–seems to have enticed Kasich to accept the deal.

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  1. BILL

    February 5th, 2013

    you have to start asking yourselves if any man is moral enough to go to be in politics and stay on the side of their fellow citizen?

    it doesn’t seem so anymore.

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  2. Jerry Manderin

    February 5th, 2013

    LOSER.

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  3. F.D.R. in Hell

    February 5th, 2013

    Just wait… these idiot Governors will have the rug pulled out from under them after the first couple of years.

    “Bait & Switch” is the trademark of this lying, fraudulent Administration.

    Cut-Paste-Save this comment… 2/5/13 :evil:

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  4. Dan Ryan Galt

    February 5th, 2013

    Election year coming up? Jerk!

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  5. Jimmy

    February 5th, 2013

    Remind me not to even DRIVE through Ohio.

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  6. joe6pak

    February 5th, 2013

    Spineless, mealy mouthed, two faced, jellyfish politician.

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  7. Will Profit

    February 5th, 2013

    You Yankees elect some spineless bastards.

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  8. Moxie Man

    February 5th, 2013

    Say it ain’t so, John! You have always been on the side of truth, justice and the American way. You been drinking Kryptonite Kool Aid? Please, tell me this is not true.

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  9. Anonymous

    February 5th, 2013

    Moral of the story: A politician with an “R” seeking Tea Party support is still a politician.

    You can put lipstick on the pig. It’s still a pig.

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  10. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 5th, 2013

    “Kasich” means “pussy” in Lower Slobovian.

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  11. Unneutral

    February 5th, 2013

    I guess it’s true….everyone has a price.

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  12. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 5th, 2013

    correction: that’s Lower Slobbovian.

    http://www.lil-abner.com/slobovia.html

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  13. hanoverfist

    February 5th, 2013

    Looks like Karl Rove just found someone to back in the 2016 primaries.

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  14. Ohio Dan

    February 5th, 2013

    I am so sick of this crap. Guess we wil have a Democrat for a governor next go around. I can’t vote for the bastard.

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  15. Ohio Dan

    February 5th, 2013

    The party of stupid!

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  16. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 5th, 2013

    More and more it’s coming to light just why THEY want to take OUR guns away; it’s getting more and more tempting to USE them.

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  17. thirdtwin

    February 5th, 2013

    Kasich is probably already in negotiations with that Pakistani fertilizer company which Mike Pence kicked out of Indiana.

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  18. Dadof3

    February 5th, 2013

    The feeling of being used is never forgotten.

    He’s toast for being a lying, untrustworthy traitor.

    He may as well register as a Dem.

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  19. Diann

    February 5th, 2013

    And here I thought Democrats were the only ones who would surrender a war when they were winning.

    Conservatism is thriving on the state level. Doesn’t this putz know that?!

    Dumb f*ck.

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  20. thirdtwin

    February 5th, 2013

    I hear they got rid of the revolving door between the MSM and Government by just blowing out the whole wall and installing a wet bar.

    Kasich, you are over the limit, and we’re gonna have to cut you off. Ohio, call a cab for him.

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  21. persecutor

    February 5th, 2013

    And he was one of the ones that I thought had a backbone and a set of brass ones to be able to stand up to the bullshit.

    Looks like thirty pieces of silver is too cheap a price with this bunch.

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  22. Aunt Liz

    February 5th, 2013

    I’d heard rumors a few months ago that Governor Kasich was not quite so conservative as he wanted to appear. Little too friendly with the unions. Didn’t want to believe it. FUGH! I gave that guy some of my hard earned money when he ran. :(

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  23. debzeppelin

    February 5th, 2013

    He’s dead to me. And my list gets longer.

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  24. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 5th, 2013

    Once so-called conservatives become regular contributers on Fox – or Kasich’s case, his own show – that pretty much signals the sell-out.

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  25. Rio

    February 5th, 2013

    Kasich wants to be re-elected.
    The Tea Party can go to hell.

    Hopefully,
    Senator Ted Cruz Tx. will be an exception.

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  26. persecutor

    February 5th, 2013

    I’m sure Karl Rove already called with a promise of a boatload of money to fend off the rabble.

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  27. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 5th, 2013

     
  28. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 5th, 2013

    Here’s the email I just sent to Governor Kasich.

    I chose Medicaid as the issue but it could just have easily been Economic Growth or Taxation.

    Mr. Governor, I know I am from out of state, but I have been a supporter of yours for some time. Now I find that you are leading your state down the road to ruin. You have accepted the Medicaid expansion under ObamaTax.

    Earlier, you spurned things like the “stimulus” for useless projects like high speed rail. Do you really believe that ObamaTax will be any different? It’s just another form of stimulus bribery and payoffs. Pretty soon your state will be hooked and there will be no going back.

    I sure hope the REAL Republican governors that have repudiated ObamaTax will have their states succeed economically. I am sure those that cave to the feds will be beholden to the socialists for a long time, with their residents suffering in a typical socialist hell hole.

    I know you won’t, but you may want to reconsider your very questionable actions. Your election is no longer in question. You won’t be re-elected.

    I know, it will do no good. But it needed to be said.

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  29. Slick Sammy Slone

    February 5th, 2013

    Jag-off!

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  30. Jack Daniels

    February 5th, 2013

    The entire political system as stands is corrupt and beyond repair and everyone in it. Marxist/leftists on one side and gutless lap dog collaborators on the other.

    In the end, not one of them give a damn, a flying f*&k.

    Start fresh, new party, new simple mandate, new blood, a new George Washington.

    I guess the Borg were right…resistance is futile.

    330 million we the people strong and not a single person to unite the people against the enemy. Had this group been around with the founding fathers, the Great Republic never would have happened.

    Enjoy your double double frapappuccino latte while you can…

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  31. bitterclinger

    February 5th, 2013

    Not only Kasich, but Brewer, as mentioned above and three more. Suzanne Martinez (allegedly TEA Party), of NM, has caved as has the govs of North Dakota and Nevada.

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  32. MNHawk

    February 5th, 2013

    Any more a vote for a Republican is a wasted vote.

    The massacre has to be total in 2014 before they will ever get the message.

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  33. Stirrin the B.S.

    February 5th, 2013

    Something doesn’t smell right with these high profile republican governors all caving at the same time. I smell federal and super-PAC money.

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  34. DaveVA

    February 5th, 2013

    I am from Ohio. I grew up in Ohio. If not for my Mom still being alive, Ohio is dead to me.

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  35. AvgDude

    February 5th, 2013

    Politics is all about short term thinking.

    When the feds announce that they will “pay for all expansion”, it’s politically impossible to turn such a bogus offer down because it will be viewed as turning down “free” money. And then the GOP governors will have to run against campaign rhetoric from the democrats that say the GOP let poor people suffer just to push Tea Party principals.

    Unfortunately, this expansion won’t be free. It will be paid for with federal debt and printed money, which eventually will affect all states. And once the states are sadled with an expanded Medicaid system, at some point, they will be told by the feds to either bankroll it 100% or face federal takeover of their Medicaid system, which will mean a virtual federal takeover of their state government.

    The GOP can always be counted on to think short term and play the sap the DNC every time… every time. I’m beginning to think these guys are pretty dumb and pretty sad.

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