The leftists are absolutely aghast that PWC Chairman Corey Stewart would have the temerity to challenge the imposition of federal mandates on local government that could negatively impact the provision of a wide array of services to our county residents. In the view of the socialists, ObamaCare is a done deal, and we are duty-bound to do nothing but shut up and take whatever this legislation imposes on us, no matter the impacts. Instead of dumbly playing the sacrificial lamb, PWC Chairman Corey Stewart intends to do something to oppose the gutting of our local government resources to support this mandate and is working on a legal challenge, and that has the left going nuts. Chairman Stewart must be doing the right thing.
ObamaCare puts a lot of administrative burdens on states and localities along with the expansion of public healthcare benefits to new constituencies, and doesn’t provide any additional resources to states or localities that would help them shoulder this burden. Under ObamaCare, 400,000 new beneficiaries would be added to Medicaid in Virginia costing the Commonwealth $1.1 Billion, and the administration of those benefits is done at the local level. After paring the budget down to the absolute minimum, the county simply doesn’t have the resources to expand entitlement administration to handle this additional burden and in order to meet the new federal mandate will have to shift resources from things like public safety and benefit programs targeting the needy. ObamaCare, instead of helping localities, will put them in a terrible bind and suck resources from core responsibilities in order to meet a new federal mandate to benefit those that don’t even fall below federal poverty guidelines.
So Chairman Stewart wants to ensure that with the limited resources we have in this economy during the Obama Administration we continue to provide services to the truly needy and tell the Commonwealth that we’re not going to expand benefits administration to new demographics unless the Commonwealth compels us to do so. This encourages the Commonwealth to say to the federal government that Medicaid is a bad deal for states under ObamaCare and unless they fix it, we might not want to participate in the program. We might want to do something different. If the federal government poisons Medicaid with unfunded mandates to the point that states can no longer afford to be a part of it, perhaps Congress and this administration will start honestly considering the fiscal malfeasance they’re foisting on state and local government and consider some responsible alternatives.
This simple, and relatively benign approach — one might think a more clearly stated, undiplomatic, and emphatic HELL NO! was more appropriate here — still has the left in full high dudgeon. Their holy grail of wealth redistribution is put into grave jeopardy once any level of government that actually has to meet a budget starts complaining about what it’s going to cost to do all this, and threatens to get off this insane merry-go-round. Someone actually has to pay for all this? We can’t be discussing that!
In short order Prince William County will open a very substantial discussion within the country about who actually pays for all this free health care, and who can be compelled to pay for it. That discussion never happened in Congress as it should have, but now that states and localities are starting to tabulate the bill that’s just been handed to them perhaps the discussion can start now. It’ll drive liberals insane. With that, liberal bloggers are getting a jump on the debate now and heads are exploding all over the internet as socialists scream in utter horror about how anyone could dare to talk about how state and local government is supposed to administer a vastly larger program with the shrinking amount of tax dollars they have available.
Just watch at how all the left’s inane predictions about this initiative and what it means turn out to be false. We’ve seen this before, many times. In the end, when the people are paying attention to the debate, the liberals lose. They’ll lose this time as well.
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