While President Obama and his team have made a slew of mistakes in the rollout and promotion of the Affordable Care Act, their hearts are in the right place — trying to provide health insurance to all Americans. Their mistakes of the head pale in comparison to governors and other state leaders who are cynically and maliciously refusing to accept federal Medicaid funds intended to help lower income people get insured.
People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake.”
― Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
- Status of State Action on the Medicaid Expansion Decision, as of October 22, 2013 (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Politico: White House pushes Florida, Louisiana on Medicaid
- Texas Tribune: In Texas, Obama Calls on Perry to Expand Medicaid
Texas has the greatest number of poor, uninsured adults — 1 million of 5.2 million Americans overall — who won’t have coverage available under the federal law because they live in states that chose not to expand Medicaid and they are too poor to qualify for tax credits to purchase a private plan.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders attacks Sen. David Vitter over Louisiana’s decision to not accept Medicaid expansion.