Virginia Republicans have decided to have all the pleasure of Obamacare without any of the guilt, just like Arkansas. They’ll take the money the Affordable Care Act provides for Medicaid expansion. They’ll direct it in a way to provide a windfall for the private insurance industry. But they just won’t call it Obamacare.
Genius idea! Some Arkansas Republicans got there first, as we all know. And with a bodacious payout to convert one holdout teabagger, Sen. Jane English, it now looks like Obamacare is on for a second year in Arkansas. Just don’t you dare call it Obamacare.
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Not all Republicans in Virginia are on board. Opponents put Rep. Bruce Westerman, an unsuccessful opponent of the Arkansas plan in 2013, on a conference call today to rail against the idea.