If I had to guess, I would say that what we have here is a clear case of projection—Barack Obama projects his own faults and habits of thought and motives onto his opponents.
Whatever the reason, Barack Obama can’t imagine any other reason for states to turn down expanded Medicaid coverage except out of “spite.”
From CNS News:
Republicans “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama told a news conference on Thursday. He also took aim at states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs:
“This does frustrate me — states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states — zero cost to these states — other than ideological reasons they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”
Barack Obama is not telling the truth when it comes to the expansion being at “no cost to the states.” The states are going to eventually have to pay ten percent of the expansion according to the law. But even more importantly, what happens when the Federal Government decides it can no longer afford to fund ninety percent? An entire new level of dependency has been created and the Feds can pull the chair out from under recipients at any time in the future.
The truth is: Obama and his controllers are amazed and confused that conservative states have actually defied the power of free money. But they are looking at it wrong, I think. I would love to believe that we had all grown resistant to the promise of free money, but I doubt that is the case. What has changed is our gullibility that the government can or will do what it promises. The Obamacare law is so financially insane that it drives away all faith in any future funding.
So it is not spite, Mr. President. It is distrust.