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Another One Bites The Obamacare

February 27, 2013 by  

Another One Bites The Obamacare
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Governor Chris Christie speaks with Morning Joe Scarborough.

Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey accepted the yoke of expanded Medicaid funding under the terms of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a Star-Ledger report Tuesday.

Christie’s decision to embrace Obamacare this year appears to stem from overall fiscal exigencies in the 2013 State budget he presented in an annual speech before the Legislature. The budget details a disparity in the State’s real-versus-projected revenues for the year, a $473 million shortfall he’s pushing to defer until next year and a sense that accepting the inevitable expansion of Medicaid can benefit the State now, while the Federal government is paying 100 percent of the cost (a percentage that will drop to 90 percent in three years).

Christie becomes the eighth Republican Governor to cave to Obamacare. Even though he’s been an outspoken critic of the plan from the start, it’s likely he’ll negotiate the backlash of reversing his stance with far less political damage than has GOP casualty No. 7, Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has been trashed by conservatives since flip-flopping on Feb. 20.

Scott’s dour, insolent language did his image no favors last week when he relented. Taking a lesson from Scott’s public relations nightmare, Christie at least spoke directly and with more conviction when he addressed the New Jersey Legislature Tuesday:

Let me be clear, I am no fan of the Affordable Care Act. I think it is wrong for New Jersey and for America. I fought against it and believe, in the long run, it will not achieve what it promises. However, it is now the law of the land. I will make all my judgments as governor based on what is best for New Jerseyans. That is why I twice vetoed saddling our taxpayers with the untold burden of establishing health exchanges.

But in this instance, expanding Medicaid by 104,000 citizens in a program that already serves 1.4 million is the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health. If that ever changes because of adverse actions by the Obama administration, I will end it as quickly as it started.

No, he won’t.

Considering the servile position States now occupy with respect to the Federal government and its grip on taxation and appropriations, it isn’t difficult to understand what Governors, Republican or Democrat, are hoping to gain. It’s money — money for the State that’s controlled by the Feds and, in varying degrees of generosity, rewarded to States that accept all the contingencies that attend qualifying for those cherished funds.

That’s why Christie’s plain and tough talk about where he’s drawing his next line in the sand — “If that ever changes because of adverse actions by the Obama administration, I will end it as quickly as it started” — has the same hollow ring as all the words slung in most other GOP-donkey fights. They’re misplaced. In its implementation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act isn’t a matter of Republican-Democrat; it’s a matter of Federal-State.

With the Act’s major initiatives now becoming reality, the conservative Republican Governors who opposed Obamacare for so long are starting to realize that in a tangible way. And even though not every State will accept Obamacare, the few Governors still holding out for the right time to capitulate are really only waiting for one thing: the right, face-saving moment.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    “Christie’s decision to embrace Obamacare this year appears to stem from overall fiscal exigencies in the 2013 State budget he presented in an annual speech before the Legislature. The budget details a disparity in the State’s real-versus-projected revenues for the year, a $473 million shortfall he’s pushing to defer until next year and a sense that accepting the inevitable expansion of Medicaid can benefit the State now, while the Federal government is paying 100 percent of the cost (a percentage that will drop to 90 percent in three years).”

    NJ is losing its tax payer base, like New York City, they are moving to states like Delaware, Texas and Floridia due to the brutal tax policies, unconstitutional gun laws, corrupt lawless government. Soon NJ will be another welfare state like CommiFonia or justa larger Chicargo. Think about it, why should they pay 6-12k a year in property tax, highest state and local city taxes and sales tax when they can goto Fla or Texas or Delaware and not pay?

    Christie is a RINO he is trying to plug a hole in the expense dike with his middle finger when he actually needs to get a rebuild crew to fix the problem in NJ — super high taxes, to much welfare entitlement, massive corruption, unconstitutional gun grabbing, and NO JOBS – just like every other Democrate controlled cess pool

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

    • Ted Crawford

      While the leaving of States such as California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, makes sense, on the surface, given the REAL situation in America, there will very soon actually be NO state that is very different from any other! To have any hope of any kind of quality life expatriation is the only solution. the longer one delays, the greater the probability that Schumer, ET AL, will increase their Exit Taxes!
      ” The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps!” Benjamin Disraeli
      Nostrum fortuna est paro

      • David Haas

        The two people who must NEVER EVER get the nomination of the Republican party to run for President are Chris Christie and Rand Paul-they both phocked over Romney thereby giving Odumbo/Obozo The Clown another four years-this was irresponsible, unpatriotic, and inexcusable.

  • Warrior

    And now, according to the GAO, Owheresmycare will now ADD $6.2 Tril more to this countries debt. Hmmm, looks like benny’s bond buying scheme will be around for a Long, Long, Long Time.

    • http://- peter crawford

      and the worst part is that the federal reserve dont belong to the federal govt…that is the reason we are in the debt that we are in…it belongs to the elite bankers…and the treasury prints the money and the u.s. have to pay them interest on it RESEARCH IT????

      • Warrior

        And the gubmint has to pay interested on printed money? And banks also have to pay interested on printed money. Sounds like a “great racket”!

  • Doc Sarvis

    NJ is another sane state that is looking at how critical services for its citizens will be made affordable. Just as with the Hurricane Sandy relief, Gov. Christie sees the important role the Federal government can play in a better life for middle and low income people.

    • Robert Smith

      And BORN kids will get needed medical care.

      Rob

      • Ted Crawford

        The Progressives have the answer to that, it’s called Planned Parenthood and the China Solution! To control the costs on the other end of this age spectrum they have “End of Life Councils” Ezekiel Emmanuel laid it all out with his “Priority Curve” health care plan in Lancet in January 2009!

      • alicia

        duh, the unborn don’t need it. Dumb statement.

    • FreedomFighter

      Ahh yes the EUGENICS solution…very progressive

      Progressive Eugenics plan: Kill the unborn, Kill the old to save the medical care for you — until you are old or no longer a productive memeber of society.

      Hitler did it, freed up all the medical care for the deserving. He killed all the mental patients, disabled, and just to make sure started up on the jews and others.

      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • http://- peter crawford

        they plan to kill 90-per-cent of the world population …THRU FOOD AND MEDICINE??? RESEARCH IT if u dont believe it???

    • Vigilant

      Sarvis, as with all those who have a mental deficiency regarding mathematics and economics, says, “NJ is another sane state that is looking at how critical services for its citizens will be made affordable.”

      His abject misunderstanding of the word “affordable” also throws doubt on his ability to understand the English language.

      (1) The CBO calculated some time go that Obamacare would double the cost of insurance for families, and more recently revised that estimate to TRIPLE the costs above what was sold as a bill of goods to the American public. Tell us, Sarvis, just what is the meaning of the word “affordable?”

      (2) Tell us as well which Peters will be robbed to pay the Pauls of New Jersey. Or do you subscribe to the liberal canard that money grows on trees? There is indeed no such thing as a free lunch, and if Medicaid is to be made “affordable” to NJ residents, then you can bet your bottom dollar that SOMEONE ELSE is paying the bill.

      Then, unbelievably, Sarvis says, “Just as with the Hurricane Sandy relief, Gov. Christie sees the important role the Federal government can play in a better life for middle and low income people.”

      I know the Constitution is just toilet paper for you flaming socialists, but you might want to edify yourself by actually reading it sometime. If you can find ANYTHING that assigns the Feds the responsibility to redistribute wealth to ANYONE, then you might have a leg to stand on. Hint: read Madison’s Federalist Papers #10 while you’re at it.

      • momo

        Vigilant says: “Tell us as well which Peters will be robbed to pay the Pauls of New Jersey. Or do you subscribe to the liberal canard that money grows on trees? There is indeed no such thing as a free lunch, and if Medicaid is to be made “affordable” to NJ residents, then you can bet your bottom dollar that SOMEONE ELSE is paying the bill.”

        Vig, money doesn’t grow on trees, it grows on the FED’s printing presses, the more they make the more worthless it becomes. And yes you’re right there is no free lunch SOMEONE IS GOING TO HAVE TO PAY!

      • Vigilant

        Agreed, momo. I’m old enough to remember the Fram oil filter commercial on TV: “Give me $4.00 now, or $400.00 later.”

        Kicking the can down the road is bad enough, but when a MAJORITY of Americans have no concern for the tab that will be presented to our children and grandchildren, one must conclude that selfishness and self-centeredness rule in this country.

        And the great leftist mantra of “fairness” is laid out in all its shabbiness for all to see. Where do they see “fairness” in saddling this and future generations with a completely UNSUSTAINABLE debt? This is one question I have yet to see the socialists even attempt to answer.

        C’mon jopa, nc, Eric Bischoff, Robert Smith, Sarvis et. al., step up to the plate!

    • walt jenisch

      there still waiting for help for sandy….

  • Ted Crawford

    Are there any still delusional enough to believe that Christie is :
    A) Any kind of real leader? He clearly has good managerial skills, but posses NO ability to make sound executive decisions!
    B) Is a Conservative? He put on the disguise just long enough to help Obama’s re-election!
    C) That he has any intention or ability to be honest? The Christie you see governing now, post election, is the real Christie! Progressive to the core!

    • Doc Sarvis

      Christie is a centrist like President Obama. He happens to be a Republican; one of the few Republican leaders who have some sense of what most Americans are going through.

      • rendarsmith

        HA HA HA HA HA!!! Obama and Christie Centrist???? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!

        KOOL AID!!!

      • Doc Sarvis

        rendarsmith – Yes, you should lay off the stuff.

      • Vigilant

        And Sarvis needs to redraw the IQ bell curve to pull himself out of the lower quartile.

    • http://- peter crawford

      u are sooooo right ted??????

  • jim

    I guess for Christie, desperate means call for desperate measures

  • jopa

    Chris Christie is the only one in the GOP that actually displays common sense and has a 75% approval rating in New Jersey.However the GOP will probably have a candidate for prez. like Louie Gomert,Jack Inhofe, Michelle Bachman, or ahh what’s that guy from Texas called, as their choice.The usuals in the clown car that make the debates worth watching for there humor and the display of ignorance that was voted in for public office.Bachman on the Intelligence Committee is just too funny but very very scary.

  • Jonathan

    Why doesn’t Christie just switch parties already? He’s always been a CINO since he ran for Assemblyman back in the 90′s with his “I support the AWB” campaign posters.

    • s c

      Jonathan, aside from the fact that Christie has done an ‘Arlen Specter,’ I’m wondering how long it will take until the good people of New Jersey understand that their ‘fearless leader’ is a wimp who can’t be trusted. I didn’t think he could bend over that far (what do I know?).
      America does n o t need a Chamberlain, a Quisling or a modern Judas. If the good people of New Jersey want to see where such “leadership” goes, they should demand that Christie do an ‘Obummer’ and let people out of New Jersey’s prisons (remember, Obummer is also infallible). Maybe those ex-prisoners will be given free weapons, just like in Holder’s Fast and Furious schizophrenic abomination. Ah, the sweet aroma of utter corruption.

    • http://- peter crawford

      christie dont have to change sides to betray the american people he can do it from either side just like the others are doing????

  • ibcamn

    At this rate,were going to have to order more custom knee pads for Christmas for these a-holes!what should we have embroidered on this pair?!-oh i know,how about “i want to have Obama’s baby’s”,no,that’s right,this ones a he!”the brown noser”,yeah?wait that ones been used!”once you go bla….,never mind!i know race card, sheet!…wait,i got it!!”SIZE MATTERS”,i’m sending the order in…..

  • Ken10
  • Patriot007

    Christie is what we call in the South a “boll weevil”. He’s a northern RIHNO who enjoys false accolades about being conservative almost as much as he likes keeping his belly full. This recent cave-in simply proves my point. He’ll choose which ever posture he thinks will make him look good, even if its making a bad decision. Out with his kind of political rubbish!

  • http://gravatar.com/bychoosing WTS/JAY

    He was probably bribed with all the sausages he can eat…and no doubt, has now become the darling of the left! Another one bites the dust.

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