Following up on the Kris Crawford saga, I see from an editorial in the Sun-News that Tracy Edge, as conservative a representative as you’re likely to find, has also been frank about the House’s reasoning for rejecting Medicaid expansion:
Was the vote’s outcome because that was the best decision for the state? Did it make good financial sense? No.
“It was more political than it was financial reality,” said Rep. Tracy Edge of North Myrtle Beach, who voted against the expansion with all of his GOP colleagues…
Edge, a former chairman of the health care subcommittee that oversaw the state’s Medicaid spending, said this week that he doesn’t necessarily oppose the expansion and in fact thinks it would probably be better than the $83 million alternative that Republicans offered – money that would insure no new patients but would pay hospitals to encourage poor residents to get more care at free health care clinics rather than emergency rooms. Both parties agree that that money would be well spent on worthy programs, but that wasn’t really the point, Edge said. Those voting for the money are “spending $83 million just so you can say you’re not doing Obamacare.”…
Let’s see… expand Medicaid, and the federal government picks up the whole tab for three years, and 90 percent of it thereafter.
Or… waste $83 million trying to pay the hospitals to go away and stop agitating for expansion. Just so you can say you’re not doing Obamacare.
Anyone who doesn’t understand the irrational dislike that SC Republicans have for the president would be shocked that the “conservative” party chose the latter course.