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Mississippi Republican Senator Switches Parties Over Medicaid

Mississippi State Senator Tim Johnson says he can no longer be a Republican.  The Clarion-Ledger reports: “Why join the Democratic Party and run for lieutenant governor?” Johnson said before a cheering throng of supporters at a Capitol press conference. “I’ll tell you: We are all Mississippians first. Elected officials should be in the business of […]

The first chart above shows approval of Medicaid expansion when the question mentions the Affordable Care Act.  The second one, when you don’t.  Democratic approval is consistent but Republican approval shifts dramatically when the ACA is not mentioned.  (courtesy of Jonathan Cohn) Now read this:CBO: Obamacare To Save $142 Billion Over 10 Years (Mar 11, […]

Republican Governors, unlike their peers in Congress, have to work to help their constituents.  This is particularly true for ones that are up for re-election.  So it should surprise no one that Pennsylvania GOP Governor reached an agreement with HHS to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act: …the Medicaid expansion has created political complications […]

Republican Mayor Adam O’Neal of Bellhaven, North Carolina, has been walking to Washington, DC in support of Medicaid expansion and health care for rural residents, Blue Virginia reports. No, it’s not a trap.   Yesterday O’Neal arrived at an event on health care and Medicaid expansion at the Greater Prince William Community Health Center in […]

Linda Drain is being torn apart from her husband in a marriage that has lasted 33 years. She and her husband, Larry Drain, separated, so she could keep her health insurance. Linda needs insurance because she suffers from epilepsy. Linda Drain has epilepsy and has suffered so many seizures she has damaged the nerves in her […]

It’s almost as if Georgia Republicans have decided to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty by declaring war on poor people.  First by making it near impossible for future expansions of Medicaid: House Bill 990 moves the authority to expand Medicaid out of the Governor’s office and over to lawmakers. In a […]

At a joint press conference with President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippine​s on Monday, Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry asked President Obama to explain what actions he is taking with regard to the report of 40 U.S. military veterans who died while waiting for care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health […]

It’s actually quite easy to explain. The reason why 19 states have refused to expand Medicaid has nothing to do with the cost — the federal government would cover the full cost of the expansion for the next two years, then 95 percent of the cost thereafter. It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with […]

The true death panel consists of Republican governors and legislators. Charlene Dill, a 32-year-old mother of three, collapsed and died on a stranger’s floor at the end of March. She was at an appointment to try to sell a vacuum cleaner, one of the three part-time jobs that she worked to try to make ends […]

A contentious email exchange between a Virginia state lawmaker and an elderly woman became quite ugly. “How intellectually lazy are you?” state Delegate Tag Greason (R) [pictured above, at left] wrote Susan Merk as part of a series of emails between the two. “You are the problem. Good luck to you. You can not insult […]

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