“It’s a Sad Day for Conservatives,” a.k.a Good news for healthcare reform

The  attention-grabbing title, “I am very disappointed in Governor Rick Scott” was enough to let me know that I would soon have something to smile about. Red State’s Eric Erickson’s morning e-newsletter said the following:

I was one of the few national conservatives to support Governor Scott in 2010 during his primary. He is a fundamentally great person. I really like him. He has been a friend to this site.

But I am terribly disappointed in his decision to expand Medicaid in Florida.

As one of the chief opponents of Obamacare and, before it, Hillarycare, Governor Scott knows this is not the right thing to do. I would like to blame the staff around him, but the ultimate decision was his to make and he made it.

Further:

Governor Scott is interested in getting re-elected and has terrible poll numbers. No doubt part of this decision has to do with his wanting to get re-elected.

When politicians do what they feel they must to get re-elected instead of doing what they know is right, they often lose re-election and, even when they do not, lose their way.

The disappointment directed towards Florida governor Rick Scott came on the heels of Scott’s announcement that, “It doesn’t matter what I believe… We had an election in the fall and the public made their decision.” In announcing that Florida will expand Medicaid to over 1 million of its residents, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott became the seventh GOP governor to accept billions of federal dollars to expand Medicaid, one of Obamacare’s provisions.

Republican governors of states such as Arizona, Nevada and Ohio were adamantly opposed to Obamacare and had previously issued statements that they would operate their own health insurance exchanges and opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion provision.

rickscott-shotNow reality has stepped in for Scott and others on the right yet it still bears repeating: Obamacare is the law of the land. No matter how often Republican candidates and elected officials ‘showboat’ and make promises to repeal the law, much to the chagrin of the Tea Party and the ‘fend for yourself’ conservative base, the Supreme Court already weighed in and the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — is here to stay. What remains is for the GOP to find a way to get on board and ensure the law’s success for the good of each state’s respective citizens — and there’s nothing like the political realities of knowing that one’s state, filled with active voters who supported the president during the last election, would be short-changed on health care coverage if their GOP representatives deny or delay the inevitable.

Rather than fighting a law about which the Supreme Court has already opined, working to find ways to ensure cost-effectiveness of the law would be a better approach; that’s what real healthcare reform is all about. The law was never perfect; adjustments could pave the way to savings derived from the ability of the federal government to leverage its purchasing power, which would be beneficial to taxpayers across the nation, including those in “red” states.

Eric Erickson said, “It is a sad day for conservatives.” In this case, that’s a good thing. It means that citizens and country will come first, not the Republican Party.

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