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The GOP’s latest message to minorities

Republican governors in 14 red states will opt out of the part of the program that enables more low-income Americans to enroll in Medicaid.

Paul KrugmanThe New York Times

The Republican Party has devolved into “the spite club,” said Paul Krugman. Having lost the political and legal battles over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, Republican governors in 14 red states have decided to opt out of the part of the program that enables more low-income Americans to enroll in Medicaid. Why would GOP governors do this? Not to save money. The federal government picks up 100 percent of the Medicaid expansion for three years, and at least 90 percent thereafter. A new study from the nonpartisan RAND Corp. says that rejectionist states will lose out on more than $8 billion a year in federal aid, while still being “on the hook for around $1 billion” to cover the hospital bills of millions of uninsured patients. Out of “sheer spite,” in other words, Republicans plan to stick it to their state’s poor—and to their taxpayers, too. This ugly hissy fit will “drive home to lower-income voters—many of them non-white—just how little the GOP cares about their well-being.” There goes the black and Hispanic vote for another generation.

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