Arizona's Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is stepping up her pressure on the GOP-led legislature to expand Medicaid by declaring a moratorium on legislating until they give in.Bwahahahahaha. Obamacare just pitted a crazy Teabagger favorite governor against a crazy Teabagger legislature. Tea Party governors in many states are already at odds with their states' Tea Party legislatures and groups.
Brewer vetoed five unrelated bills on Thursday, according to the Arizona Republic, and threatened to keep blocking legislation until Republicans expand Medicaid to cover thousands of Arizonans, which Obamacare permits at minimal cost to the state.
"I warned that I would not sign additional measures into law until we see resolution of the two most pressing issues facing us: adoption of a fiscal 2014 state budget and plan for Medicaid," Brewer wrote in a statement explaining her decision. "It is disappointing I must demonstrate the moratorium was not an idle threat."
I argued a long time ago that the right's "victory" on being able to decouple the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion from previously existing Medicaid funding would be a fleeting one at best. The hospital industry signed onto Obamacare banking on the idea that they no longer have to pay for uncompensated care mandated by law because people - especially the poor - will have insurance, specifically through Medicaid. They are a big lobby, and they are not about to sacrifice all that money at the alter of Tea Party craziness. And you know when crazy Jan Brewer is in an open war with her own party's legislature over Obamacare, hell has nearly frozen over.
So here is your Sunday open thread. Celebrate Obamacare, celebrate the real public option (Medicaid), and celebrate the Teabagger Civil War. Someone grab me some popcorn please? I want butter!