It would appear that I, and other conservatives who think it would be a major blunder for the states to set up ObamaCare’s insurance exchanges (which states aren’t required by the law to create), constitute a pernicious influence on Republican governors.
That is, at least, how it appears to the rocket scientists over at Media Matters for America. According this post, the WSJ has misrepresented the glacial pace at which the exchanges are being implemented and the American Spectator is encouraging GOP governors to drag their feet.
[C]onservative politicians pushing for state obstruction of a constitutional federal law are egged on in the right-wing media. From a July 9 American Spectator article by David Catron:
[Rick] Scott isn’t the only governor to balk at moving forward on state-based exchanges. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Sam Brownback of Kansas, and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma have all pushed back as well. And the momentum seems to be building. In May, Alabama’s governor Robert Bentley thwarted his legislature when it tried to create an exchange and Chris Christie vetoed a bill passed by the New Jersey legislature to set one up. In June, after the Supreme Court handed down its decision, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also joined the movement: “Absolutely, we’re not implementing the exchanges. We’re not implementing Obamacare.”
Somehow, I’m having trouble seeing people like Bobby Jindal, Rick Scott and Scott Walker making policy based on what they read in the “right-wing media” (though they could do worse, like making decisions based on what they read in disseminators of DNC propaganda like Media Matters).
The irony here, of course, is that the WSJ and American Spectator publish actual facts meant to inform their readers of realities that they will never learn from “news” outlets like the NYT. And Media Matters itself is nothing more than a conduit for Big Brother’s “message of the day.”
Which is why I got a warm and fuzzy sensation when I saw the Media Matters post. It clearly means that their Democrat masters are worried about what’s going to happen to ObamaCare if the Republican-controlled states simply decline to implement the exchanges.
And well they should be. Because, if 30 or so states refuse to set up exchanges, ObamaCare will die on the vine. The law is written such that its tax credits and subsidies can only be offered through state-run exchanges. Thus, if most of the states don’t create them, PPACA is toast.