Blessed are the poor?

Not in GOP-dominated states. Several Republican governors announced that they would not expand Medicaid, despite the federal government’s paying all of the costs over the next few years. Under the Affordable Care Act states would gradually assume more of the Medicaid costs, up to a maximum of 10 percent by 2020. Yet, even that is too much for our modern-day conservative.

A.C.A. provides subsidies to those making up to four times the poverty level to fund health care insurance premiums. But those making less than $23,050 for a family of four would be covered by Medicaid.

However, in its decision on Thursday the Supreme Court, while validating the individual mandate, allowed states to opt out of expanding Medicaid. As written, A.C.A. would have permitted the federal government to withhold all Medicaid subsidies unless states expanded Medicaid. Republicans have cheered this part of the ruling, with New Jersey Governor Christie calling it “a ray of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy day,” according to the New York Times.

Why are Republicans such assholes? They will gladly cut taxes on the wealthy as they screw the poor and preach the Bible—the Old Testament exclusively; they simply ignore the New Covenant and especially the Sermon on the Mount.

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