The US Supreme Court ruling, last Thursday, upholding most of President Barack Obama’s Healthcare law, Affordable Care Act (ACA), and that has struck a major blow to Republicans Governors and other leaders across the country.
Some governors where so sure that this law would be struck down or voted out, that they sent back and rejected grants that the Federal Government sent to the states to help implement the plan. Our own Governor Sam Brownback did just that.
Our own Governor Brownback sent back more than $31.5 million it received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to become an early leader, along with six other states, in establishing health insurance exchanges that other local government could use as a model, According toRueters;
Republican Governor Sam Brownback and many other governors said the state would give back the $31.5 million because he and others wanted to show they were certain it would be repealed either in the courts or as repealed by a Republican president and full congress.
Now he and all the other must pin their hopes on Mitt Romney winning the election or they will have to raise that money through the state. The people of Kansas will be taxed twice for the new health care exchanges that other states are already putting in. Kansans have lost the Federal taxes they paid for the system, now they must pay for it through state taxes, unless the Republican Party takes the majority of both houses and the presidency.
Other leaders, such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible Republican vice presidential contender who has refused to establish a federally mandated health care exchange in his state, said Friday that he will continue to ignore it, according to Yahoo News.
Both leaders may try to ignore it, but as the rest of the country gets on board there is nothing they can do about it. They can continue to gamble through the Republican Party, but if they do, they are doing it with state money that will cost us in the long run no matter who wins this November.
Sometimes being stubborn is just not too smart.