What both surprised me and at the same time was totally unsurprising to me is that 21 states have refused the Medicaid expansion. This expansion was to cover very low income workers that previously would not have fallen under Medicaid. This include single adults under the age of 65 earning less then 133% of the poverty amount.
You might be asking yourself why she was not covered. The reason is Governor Rick Scott of Florida refused the expansion because he's a hard core Republican and doesn't want the ACA to succeed. His opposition to the ACA puts 750,000 low income Florida residents, like Charlene, in a healthcare dead zone. Of these 750,000 uninsured people we can expect that 1 person will needlessly die every 4 hours because they can't afford the healthcare they desperately need. Bu Rick Scott doesn't care. Those are poor people and he has to stand up for his principals as a GOP member and fight against this evil Affordable Care Act, that was actually the idea of a GOP think tank, simply because it is a Democratic President enacting it.
The sad thing is there are plenty of other republican Governors that have vetoed or outright rejected the offer to expand Medicaid, 19 to be exact. 7 republican Governors have actually put their citizens health before their political obedience.
So hats off to these 7 republican governors that put their citizens health ahead of the stupid politics that have plagued America for far to long. The GOP party leadership has openly said its number one priority is to oppose everything Obama tries to do. Think about that. Regardless of the value of any program that aids to the success of the nation the GOP leadership have vowed to oppose it simply because it is being put forth by a democrat President. The GOP is so bold they don't even care that they've said this while on national television. They bank on the fact that most of their supporters would rather see America fail then to allow the current President put American on the right track on any issue. Then they could turn around and blame President Obama for the failures that the GOP brought about.
One thing to watch is how you will hear the GOP change the way they talk about the ACA from Obamacare to The Affordable Care Act. They've lost the battle. As more and more Americans actually start seeing the benefits of actually having healthcare coverage that works for them and that they can no longer be dropped because they've fallen ill and the program becomes even more popular the GOP will no longer use the term Obamacare because they won't want to associate it with Obama. Mark my words you will also see a number of republicans trying to rewrite history and claim they were always in support of it. Many of their supporters will blindly believe it because they to don't want to think that Obama could be responsible for setting America down a path where the Charlenes of America don't die because they have to choose between feeding their kids or buying the medication that will save their lives.
Rest in peace Charlene Dill. Hopefully the people of your state will recognize that Rick Scott isn't a Governor of the people of Florida.