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Chris Christie's RGA Attacks Chris Christie's Medicaid Expansion

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Chris Christie's RGA  Attacks Chris Christie's Medicaid Expansion

Hypocrisy, call thy name Republican and be grateful.--a fake anonymous quote.

As we gear up for the midterm election, you will notice that Republicans will up the ante on attacking Democrats over Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion. The irony or the con is that many of the attacks will come from Republicans that supported it. And when it comes to Obamacare or the ACA, there will be no bigger hypocrites than Republican governors and the RGA led by Chris Christie.

Dylan Scott:

The Republican Governors Association is attacking the South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate for supporting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion -- even though several RGA members, including its chair, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, have adopted the expansion.

The Washington Post reported that the RGA had made a $200,000 buy to air a new ad against State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who is challenging Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for the South Carolina governorship.

"Remember this guy, Sheheen? Well first, Sheheen supported much of Obamacare. But then he refused to support the lawsuit to stop it," the ad says. "Now, Vincent Sheheen wants to use Obamacare for a $2 billion expansion of Medicaid in South Carolina."

It ends with the ominous text: "Vincent Sheheen's Plan: Even More Obamacare."

What the ad doesn't mention is that eight GOP governors -- Christie, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Ohio Gov. John Kasich -- have signed onto that key provision of the health care reform law.

In Republican politics it doesn't matter what they do, only what they say. Republican governors know that expanding Medicaid is great for their constituents, great for their state and great for the budget. Unfortunately, too many of them are holding out on Medicaid expansion because of the politics of it and not because of the good it will do, which should be an impeachable offense.

Here's Governor Christie's own words on why it's smart to expand Medicaid.

“Accepting these federal resources will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy and actually save money for New Jersey taxpayers," Christie said when accepting the expansion funding a year ago. It "is the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health."

What a scumbag.

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