Virginia Republicans have decided to have all the pleasure o
without any of the guilt, just like Arkansas. They'll take the money the Affordable Care Act
provides for Medicaid expansion
. They'll direct it in a way to provide a windfall for the private insurance industry. But they just won't call it Obamacare.
Genius idea! Some Arkansas Republicans got there first, as we all know. And with a bodacious payout to convert one holdout teabagger, Sen. Jane English
, it now looks like Obamacare is on for a second year in Arkansas. Just don't you dare call it Obamacare.
Not all Republicans in Virginia are on board. Opponents put Rep. Bruce Westerman
, an unsuccessful opponent of the Arkansas plan in 2013, on a conference call today to rail against the idea.