After suing ObamaCare for forcing them to cram more people into financially-challenged Medicaid programs, six fiscally-conservative Republican governors recently voluntarily agreed to extend these programs. Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia notes in her morning Washington Examiner column that this is because ObamaCare’s perverse incentives has states in a vise: “Noncompliant states face a double whammy -- lose federal money and expose their businesses to additional taxes.”
But this mass capitulation by Republican states might mean that ObamaCare is now a fait accompli:
Some Republican governors, such as Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin's Scott Walker, are valiantly refusing to get caught in this trap. But it is hard to imagine that they'll be able stand firm if their businesses start shrinking and throwing people out of work -- in which case they'll end up on the Medicaid rolls anyway.
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