Here’s something I should have said yesterday in the blog item about the lunch with, and lecture from, Gov. Asa Hutchinson:
I will concede this much to the governor: It is not entirely contradictory or nonsensical to want to repeal Obamacare – mistake though that be –while wanting to keep the Medicaid expansion money in its current or a new form to spend in your state in your own way, presumably to keep the Medicaid expansion population covered.
It’s trying to have things both ways – your political way, because the easiest currency in Arkansas politics is to assail President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, and your financial way, because the easiest money to afford tax cuts and facilitate the use of general revenue for highways is to keep taking hundreds of millions for health insurance from the federal government.
At least we have a Kasich-ish Republican governor whose exhausting finesses are intended to keep poor people insured and state government flush amid a toxic climate on his own right flank .
The governor asked me to try not to be so cynical.
I’m not cynical. I am confident President Obama is nobly trying to do the right thing on health care, if only the Republicans and the states will let him.