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Friday, February 21, 2014

A handout or a hand? House has another vote on private option

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

click to enlarge JOSH MILLER: Republican lawmaker praises New Deal, not Obamacare.
  • JOSH MILLER: Republican lawmaker praises New Deal, not Obamacare.
House leaders continue to believe 75 votes are committed to another year of the private option version of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Uncertainty continues to exist about when the planets will align on that vote. Focus today begins with Republican Reps. Carnine, Lowery and Slinkard, votes for the program in 2013 and not voting yesterday. UPDATE: Consensus forming that passage won't be until Tuesday.

David Ramsey says Carnine is in a pair (which allows a vote by an absent member) as a "no" again today, which likely means final passage can't occur until next week.

I prefer to focus on those committed to oppose expansion of health insurance coverage for working people no matter what. Yes, I said working people. A key element of the program is to reach the poorest sector of income-earning people. Yet we have to endure legislators like Republican Rep. Josh Miller talk about how the New Deal was a "hand up" program not a "handout" program like Obamacare. Yeah, lots of Republicans supported the New Deal, too. FDR is spinning.

Speaking of handouts: I'll have a figure soon on the number of representatives and senators currently enjoying the richly subsidized state employee health insurance plan. The names will not be released. Privacy, see.

Also: I asked Miller if he availed himself of state health insurance. I also asked him if he thought it was a "handout" to pay $267,000 in pay and benefits for a year's worth of no work by the four members of the staff of the non-existent lieutenant governor. He has not responded.

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