If an email popped up offering free money, what would you do?
Delete it? And wonder how it got past your spam filter?
Well, some Washington wags — call them re-distribution professionals — say we’re crazy.
As are Republicans in the 19 states that have refused to expand their states’ Medicaid rolls as part of Obamacare, and in the five states — Indiana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia — still debating whether to do so.
Republicans are “rejecting what is more or less nearly free money from the federal government,” says a baffled Josh Barro of the New York Times.
Karen Finney, host of MSNBC’s Disrupt, sneers that these GOP-led states are “leaving money on the table.”
“It’s free money!” exclaims an exasperated Joan Walsh of Salon.com, adding that, “It’s stimulative money.”
Under Obamacare, the federal government first demanded and now urges states to expand the Medicaid rolls well beyond those at the poverty line, with our central government generously offering to pay the cost for the massive expansion fully for three years . . . and then 90 percent after that.
One local newspaper identified one major issue, trust: “The trademark of Obamacare is broken promises.”
Will the federal government keep paying nearly all the cost? In Virginia, before any expansion, Medicaid already accounts for nearly one out of every four dollars in state spending.
“This is another picture of how extreme this Republican Party has become,” according to Walsh, “that you had this organized backlash to taking money that once would have been a no-brainer.”
This is the new GOP extremism, refusing to be bought off?
It’s no vice.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.