Daily News Bin:
The new republican governor of Kentucky was elected by tea party voters on the promise that he would kill off the Affordable Care Act in his state to whatever extent he legally could. But now that he’s won, reality has set in that large scores of Kentucky residents have only gained access to health care thanks to ObamaCare, meaning he would face an uprising among his state’s mainstream residents if he went through with his promise. Not surprisingly, the new governor has immediately caved and decided to keep ObamaCare after all, resorting to superficial changes so he can partially save face. And he may not even get away with that last part.
The problem is, as former Kentucky Governor Steve Bashear points out, is that Kentuckians kind of like Obamacare:
“All of Kentucky looks forward to the day when our new governor transitions from strident partisan rhetoric and petty name-calling to the real and more difficult business of governing,” he wrote. “Mottos that make good bumper stickers rarely make good public policy. Medicaid expansion was and remains a smart policy move.”
And it remains popular in the state. A poll released this month from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 72 percent of Kentuckians do not want to change the state’s Medicaid program.
So in response to that Bevin has decided that rather than do away with Obamacare he is going to "transform" it.
Problem with that is that he is not allowed to "transform" anything.
Courtesy of Forbes:
On Wednesday, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced that he was planning to keep Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, but would seek federal waivers to “transform” the program. But Bevin’s plan is already hitting an a snag: he wants to use a Section 1332 waiver to “transform Medicaid.” The snag: Section 1332 doesn’t provide any authority for Medicaid reform.
Sadly for Bevin's supporters that promise was one of the main reasons that he received the backing from the Tea Party and of course Sarah Palin.
And now he really can't do shit.
I guess that's what happens when you live inside the conservative bubble where facts and critical thinking are simply not allowed.