Jonathan Gruber was thrust to the center stage of the Obamacare debate with his remark that only the “stupidity of the American voter” made passage of Obamacare possible. Stupid is as stupid does, as the old folk wisdom has it, and the Republican Governors Association has elevated to chairman a governor who has undercut the Republican argument that Obamacare is a bad thing. Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee actually likes it.
Mr. Haslam has announced a “verbal agreement” with the Health and Human Services Department to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. The governor’s expansion of Obamacare Medicaid welfare sets a bad example for his party’s new and incumbent governors. It sends a bad message to voters, too, who are likely to be unforgiving of broken promises.
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