The States Can Kill Obamacare, And Governor Jack Dalrymple Can Help

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Conservatives disappointed by the Supreme Court upholding most of Obamacare can take solace in one small victory. The court did strike down the portion of the law allowing the federal government to punish states for not going along with a Medicaid expansion embedded in the law by cutting Medicaid funding.

The Obamacare law called for the states to expand their Medicaid programs to serve as a catchall for people who couldn’t afford to buy their own insurance despite the mandate. Originally the law allowed the feds to remove all of a state’s federal Medicaid funding if they didn’t comply. The Supreme Court ruled that such a move would represent unconstitutional federal coercion of the states, and a good thing too. This expansion of Medicaid is something most states can’t afford. In fact, it was a bit of policy sleight-of-hand on the part of the feds, hiding a good chunk of the cost of Obamacare by shoving it off onto the states.

If the states refuse to expand Medicaid, and if they refuse to implement the health care exchanges, they can keep the federal government from shifting the burden onto state budgets. In fact, according to some, the Supreme Court striking down this Medicaid provision could destabilize the Obamacare law to the point of failure, but only if the state refuse to go along.

Several Republican governors have already (and rightfully) announced that they want no part of it

“While the court said it was legal, that doesn’t make it right,” announced Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker saying his state wouldn’t expand Medicaid or implement the exchanges. “For us to put time and effort and resources into that doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

“Come this November, we are going to elect a new President and a new Congress who will repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “That’s why we have refused to implement the Obamacare health exchange or the Medicaid expansion.”

“This is now in the hands of the American public,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on The Kudlow Report. “Mitt Romney has said on Day One he’ll grant a global waiver from the implementation of Obamacare, so now it’s up to the American public to decide, and I’m going to see what’s going to happen in the fall election before we move forward.”

A majority of North Dakotans oppose Obamacare. There is no question about this. Governor Dalrymple needs to be a leader in the state-level effort to be rid of the law.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    Barb Peske can’t be bothered with things like this and she’s the one calling the shots in Bismarck.

  • RCND

    That might require courage and conviction. Not sure either is in ample supply in the Jack camp.

  • WOOF

    It’s too good a deal.
    The states will sign on.

    • Wesbutte

      Too good a deal—to be left holding the bag for millions of dollars that the states don’t have?    Americans are used to quality care and won’t tolerate second best or having to wait months for surgery.

      • WOOF

        No cost to the states for the first few years 10% later.
        Don’t set up an exchange and the feds do it for you.
        Done and done.
        Americans are used to waiting for healthcare.
        “Fill out these forms, have a seat , do you have your insurance card ?
        tic toc tic toc
        Sorry we don’t accept  that insurer”

        • schreib

          Ha ha ha.  I almost wet myself when you said that there would be no cost to the states at first.  But very few states can afford to carry the increased costs–especially in this economy.  And the increased heavy tax burden will actually lower revenues as there will be fewer jobs and folks will do what they have to  do to hide their assets.  Hide your cash.   But there will be a counter reaction against this act and people will vote the marxist out.  Americans are a generous people, but we don’t like being forcefully robbed.

          • Dakotacyr

            We’re being forcibly robbed now by having to pay for those who refuse to get coverage!

          • Camsaure

             Hey Cryer, Most who refuse to get coverage also refuse to work for a living and expect us in the working class to support their every want and need. That ma am is being forcibly robbed.

          • Gern Blanston

            Please cite the numbers of folks who:
            a) refuse to buy insurance
            b) end up getting healthcare paid by the public
            c) were not eleigible for public assistance for healthcare to begin.

            I guess I’m singling out the middle class folks who consider themselves too healthy for heath insurance, but end up in the hospital on our dime. It is this group you are chastizing, but I suspect them are a very small number of individuals.

          • Truther

            Yah, and they are the one’s who will be paying the penalty (tax). That’s what everyone is bitching about….making the free-loaders pay

          • Camsaure

            Isn’t freeloading what the dem party stands on?

          • Dude21

             No, that’s gop corporate welfare.

    • Dude21

       Red welfare states will do well by ACA.

  • Wesbutte

    10th amendment baby—10th amendment.   I already called Dalrymple’s office and told him to not do anything.   Will pressy Obobo send in his occupy troops???

    • ellinas1

      “I already called Dalrymple’s office and told him to not do anything.”
      Amazing. You talked to the governor and told him to not do anything?
      Why don’t you share with us what he told you?

      • Wesbutte

        It was his office staff, not him personally.  But I also called the AG office as well.

        • ellinas1

           Share with us what his office staff told you.

      • two_amber_lamps

         He said…  “beware of pedophiles from Stockton, CA…  they’re a nasty lot.”

        • ellinas1

          There goes little Amber again.

          Fulfilling her cockblocking duties. 

          • two_amber_lamps

            Hello Pedo-Greekling! 

            How are you today!

            You just love the sound of C#$k don’t you, rolls off the tongue like Tranny’s rolls off of yours.

    • WOOF

      He’ll send in a well regulated militia.

      • Wesbutte

        Most North Dakotans are already heavily armed.  Not to worry, Odipshitcare will bankrupt America even more than it already is.  The standard of living has dropped under this clown and trying to inplement this crap sandwich will only plunge this nation into a depression.  And folks here rarely need to wait to be seen by a doctor unless it is a spe
        cialist.

        • The Fighting Czech

          Heavily armed means nothing now,  In case you havent  noticed,  we would now have UAV’ to contend with,  which all come equipped with with all the technology to clearly watch a cricket mate,  and hear a cow fart….  add to that,  they are already equipped to fire air to Ground Missiles,  and no one would see it coming….So unless your kid can hack into one of these things,  the Second Amendment means Squat. if you are using it for what it was really intended for.  Defending against an  out of control government 

  • Wesbutte

    Welcome to commie care comrades

  • sbark

    Ironic……..the Blue states want to implement ObamaCare as fast as they can……but know they dont have the money, and asking for a state tax hike will put the stake in the heart of their ObamaVille economy………..just ask Illinois what tax hikes have done for them in the last year.

    The Red States, maybe could argue they have the money,  but know damn well if nationwide its 60 percent against ObamaCare………its probably 75% in a Red state..  Politcal suicide.

    Whatever states that will be stupid and implement it will see good numbers of people migrating to that state, further pressuring the state coffers with both ObamaCare and Welfare demand.

    Liberals always goven with such good intentions……….but their brain cells cannot fathom actual effects……..

    Liberal Utopia is the intent………a 3rd world level Detroit is the final effect.

    All this talk about day to day stuff people would take care of on their own………and all the time its simply Liberalism that is the problem
    ……..extinguish it and within 10 yrs our 16 trillion is debt is down to peanuts…..let Liberalism and alls its religions run…….the USA is like Greece with a decade.

    the decline of the USA is yet a choice……but not for long.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      “Whatever states that will be stupid and implement it will see good numbers of people migrating to that state.”

      Please, oh please, edit this out of your comment and let me know & I’ll edit out of mine.  This is all the ND booster weirdos have to hear.  We’ll have Exchange Villages built and filled with out-of-state Medicaid immigrants sent here by Obama,  funded by the surplus, and run by Lutheran Social Services.

      • sbark

        dont worry—the Gullesons and Ryans of the state see the chance to have “leftwing voters” enticed into the state to share our oil money via ObamaCare and of course welfare roles……

        in a dem’cats mind………….they deserve “access”–which is lib speak for spread the wealth

        its a micro’ism of the Dem’cat historical “vision” with blacks and war on poverty, and now hispanic vote……

  • Dakotacyr

    Fine, don’t do the health exchanges, the Feds will implement if the states won’t do it. Obamacare is the law of the land.

    • schreib

      Well, the supreme court also upheld slavery and we all know how that turned out.  We are broke.  Obamacare will cost more that the entire US gdp.  Where are they going to get the money?  And how will we maintain our military?   Is Obobo going to sell us to China? 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q2HSJNL6QOTUSCESHO7AVFBJGY roberth

        CAN HE SELL US TO CHINA,   AGAIN ?

      • Dakotacyr

        What are you talking about?  Why should I be forced to pay for healthcare for people who aren’t responsible enough to purchase health insurance?  

        • Camsaure

          Why should anyone have to pay for someone else insurance? Why should anyone be forced to support those who are too lazy to work?

          • Dakotacyr

            So you won’t answer the question.  I get it.

          • Camsaure

            For the same reason as stated above. You aint that dense are ya?

      • Dakotacyr

        what a bunch of hooey! please provide proof that the ACA will “cost more that (sic) the entire US gdp.”

    • RCND

      Let them clean up the mess they created

  • schreib

    The higher the taxes, the less revenue collected.  It has been proved time after time.

    • Dakotacyr

      The only people who will pay the penalty are those who have been irresponsible in not purchasing health insurance from the private sector.  Why should I have to cover those people with my health insurance.

      • Camsaure

        Cryer, Why do I have to pay for those too lazy to work?

  • schreib

    How many smal businesses will go under or not even start because of the heavy tax mandates?    I grieve for this once great nation that was America

    • Geoff

      In the instance of contractors, I wonder why they couldn’t drop all their employees and subcontract all the labor. Send each guy a 1099 at the end of the year. Problem solved.

      I think the repubs should fast track aca and implemented b4 November. Then all the $10/hr folks will understand what this will cost them. No chanc for Obama to be re-elected.

      Just a thought. The quicker everyone realizes what’s being done the quicker we can dig out of this mess. The GOP should just walk out of every vote, give the lefties what they want and we’ll be over $20 t in debt by the end of the year, or they will be to gutless to pass anything because they will have no one to point blame at. Just a thought

  • Wordchipper

    While the good governor is “killing” things, maybe he should kill the $4 million he received in FEDERAL ag subsidies. With farm prices where they are, why in the world does this “free enterprise, less government, cut the budget Republican” need a federal handout for Dalrymple Farms?

    • Dlao

       because like every other ND republican, he hates federal handouts, except when they are being handed to him.

      • thevoiceofreason

        There appears to be some truth to this statement

      • Gern Blanston

        You’d think Dems in ND could run on that… except that they would never try to end Government subsidies – just chastize Republicans for doing what Dems do. Their posiiton is “Don’t elect them! They do what we do!”

  • The Fighting Czech

    one good thing about this new Amercia….. things will be getting so expensive,  those pesky Canadians will finally stop driving down here to spend money…. I will finally be able to get in and out of Target fast!!!!  Parking should be close,  and plentiful….

    • Camsaure

      Right, the reason they come down here to shop is to circumvent socialism in their own country. I guess they won’t be able to do that anymore. Same goes for their medical.

  • Wordchipper

    CORRECTION:  According to a chart in the Fargo Forum, Dalrymple Fargo, the family farm of ND Governor Jack Dalrymple, received $4.5 million in federal subsidies, the second highest total in the state. This amount was received between 1995 and 2010, NOT $4 million “annually” as indicated in a previous post. The website 
    http://farm.ewg.org offers lots of information on who gets how much in federal handouts from the ag budget.

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