By Doug Book, editor
When Chief Justice John Roberts fractured the Constitution and prostituted his own integrity by rewriting the individual mandate in order to find the Affordable Care Act constitutional, it understandably drew both public and media attention away from the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that, although Obama Administration Medicaid expansion plans were constitutional, the federal government would NOT be permitted to withhold Medicaid funding from states which refused to implement the expansion. In short, the Obama Regime is not allowed to extort state compliance with its massive increase in Medicaid outlays by refusing to pay the Medicaid funds legitimately owed each state by the federal government.
The decision was quite clear and well represented as two of the Court’s left-wing members even joined the majority. Only Ginsberg and Sotomayor decided that the federal government had the right to use extortion to force the participation of unwilling states in Obama’s racket of providing taxpayer funded insurance (Medicaid) to young, healthy individuals.
And what is the purpose—the real purpose, that is–behind ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid? Why is Barack so intent upon forcing states to provide countless billions in “free,” federally provided healthcare benefits to young, “able bodied” individuals? Well, why do power hungry, Marxist demagogues elected to public office in the United States promote anything? They’re hoping to create additional generations of American voters both beholding to and dependent on Big Brother.
In 2012, the Urban Institute “…estimated that the expansion of Medicaid would cost the State of Florida 82 billion dollars over the next 10 years, but LIP [the current state program] will only cost them 22 billion over the same period.” Florida’s Low Income Pool (LIP) program was working well, funding 95% of Medicaid costs to Florida hospitals rather than the 62% rate of Medicaid funding without LIP assistance.
Yet on April 14th, Vicki Wachino, Acting Director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wrote Justin Senior, the Deputy Secretary for Medicaid in Florida, informing him that $2.2 billion in Medicaid dollars owed the State of Florida may not be forthcoming unless the state expands Medicaid funding per ObamaCare guidelines. The Obama Regime’s girl at the CMS is extorting desired behavior from the State of Florida in direct defiance of the Supreme Court ruling.
In so doing, the Obama Regime has not only removed any doubt as to the pernicious intent of its Medicaid expansion program, it has revealed the lie behind claims that expansion would prove a boon to states, given all the “free” money provided by the federal government. Is it any wonder nearly half of the 50 states filed suit against ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion demands in NFIB v Sebelius?
So Florida Governor Rick Scott has filed suit against the Regime, demanding it comply with the Supreme Court ruling of 2012. Kansas and Texas have filed amicus briefs on behalf of Florida as Obama’s CMS is in the process of extorting their participation in Medicaid expansion as well.
The American people have suffered the consequences of a lawless government for 6 years. Should feckless Republican elites do their expected part in securing the election of Hillary in 2016, we may discover that the nation has been thrown so far down the road to socialism that only a shooting war will recover the liberty lost to thugs like Barack Obama thanks to cowards like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.
That might not be such a bad thing anyhow.