Resistance to Obama Has Melted Away
February 05, 2013
RUSH: Look, folks, I really don't like being a "see, I told you so." I mean, I know I do it a lot 'cause it happens a lot, and I used to even have a little jingle with it. "Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah! See, I Told You So," because it used to be somewhat unique. Now it's not difficult at all. It is important, however. I do, when relevant, like to remind you of things that you've heard in the past on this program that you may have forgotten, things that I've said. Here's a story that leads into my point.
Washington Examiner, here's the headline: "Kasich's Cave on Obamacare Shows How Hard it is to Beat Big Government -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who campaigned as a limited-government Republican," and he used to be a big-time limited-government Republican when he was a member of the 1994 House freshman class. He presided over the budget committee that actually did balance the budget one time. Kasich has walked the walk as well as talked the talk. But here now is this story:
"Ohio Gov. John Kasich ... on Monday announced that he would implement one of the costliest provisions of President Obama's health care law by expanding the state's Medicaid program. His decision, a huge victory for the White House that will provide cover for more Republican governors to do the same, serves as a great case study on how difficult it is to impede the growth of government. When Obamacare was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, the proposed expansion of Medicaid was one of its most controversial elements.
"As things stood, the program was crushing state budgets, so governors in both parties feared that expanding it to 15 million to 18 million beneficial," the so-called uninsured, "would be unsustainable. Then Sen. Ben Nelson was infamously given the 'Cornhusker Kickback' -- expanded federal funding for Medicaid to Nebraska -- to win help secure the 60th vote to get Obamacare through the Senate. The backlash against the 'Cornhusker Kickback' cemented the idea in the public consciousness that the process used to pass Obamacare was corrupt," and as you recall that "helped elect Scott Brown to the Senate in Massachusetts and added fuel to the Tea Party.
"Ultimately, [members of Congress] substituted the special Medicaid treatment for Nebraska in favor of increased federal funding for all states instead. Under the law, the federal government will pay 100% of the cost of the Medicaid expansion at first, and then 90% after 2020. This comes at a cost to federal taxpayers -- $932 billion over a decade," and it's going to be more than that, "according to the Congressional Budget Office. To be clear, that's if all states participate." Just to give you a little history on this: "But last year, 26 states led by Florida won a suit challenging the federal government for coercing states into the Medicaid expansion and the Supreme Court left states with the option of rejecting it.
much more at: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/02/05/resistance_to_obama_has_melted_away