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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) Approves Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 26, 2013

“Christie becomes the latest Republican governor, following on the heels of Florida GOP Governor Rick Scott, to set aside the Republican anti-Obamacare agenda, no matter who gets hurt, and do what is in the best interest of his state.”

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North Dakota State House Overwhelmingly Defeats Proposed Welfare Drug Testing Program

February 24, 2013

“A bill that would have required welfare recipients to undergo drug testing died Friday in the North Dakota House. It was defeated soundly on a 72-19 vote.”

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) Proposes Limiting Food Stamps to Healthy Foods

February 24, 2013

“Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday joined leaders of three state agencies to announce plans to seek a waiver from the federal government to change the food stamp program.”

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FMA Lobby Group: Florida Doesn’t Have Enough Doctors to Implement Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 24, 2013

“Of all patients, people covered by Medicaid may have the hardest time finding a doctor; only 59 percent of the state’s physicians are taking new Medicaid patients, according to a Kaiser Health News study.”

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) Proposes Delaying ObamaCare Implementation to Offset Sequester

February 24, 2013

“Though unlikely to gain traction, Jindal’s proposal is the governor’s latest attack against the president’s health care law. In particular, Jindal has stood firm against the Medicaid expansion that is a key tenet of the Affordable Care Act.”

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) Re-Affirms Opposition to State-Level Expansion of Medicaid Under ObamaCare

February 24, 2013

“He explained that the Republicans who control the House of Delegates had “set a clear firewall against expansion. They have said there will no expansion unless all the reforms outlined in the budget are implemented.””

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Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott Approves State Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 20, 2013

“Earlier, Scott said he did not want Florida to participate in the health law’s Medicaid expansion partly because of what he believed are eventual costs to his state for increasing coverage.”

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Michigan Republican Governor Rick Snyder Announces Support for State Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

February 6, 2013

“He said the move will add 320,000 state residents in the first year, and more than 470,000 by 2021, cutting the number of Michigan uninsured almost in half.”

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Analysis: Explanation of ObamaCare’s Call For State-Level Medicaid Expansion

February 6, 2013

“Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act calls on states to expand Medicaid to most Americans earning up to 133 percent of the poverty line. The expansion would revolutionize the program, which in many states is now limited mainly to children, pregnant women and the very old.”

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Ohio Governor John Kasich Becomes Fifth Republican Governor to Expand State Medicaid

February 5, 2013

“Only three Republican governors are pursuing state-run exchanges: Nevada, New Mexico and Idaho. And so far, five Republican governors are pursuing a Medicaid expansion: Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Ohio and North Dakota.”

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) Proposes Taxing Hospitals to Pay for Medicaid

January 20, 2013

“A conservative Republican, Brewer is believed to be the first governor to publicly come up with a way to fund the controversial Medicaid expansion.”

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Data: Over 25% of American Workers with 401(k) and Retirement Savings Use Them to Pay Current Expenses

January 16, 2013

“Fresh data from Vanguard, one of the nation’s largest 401(k) managers, show a 12 percent increase in the number of workers who took loans against their retirement accounts or withdrew money outright since 2008.”

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American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Mend, Don’t End, Entitlements

January 15, 2013

“Rand ruled out cuts to Medicare and raising the eligibility age for that program, and also said that any changes to Social Security must be made in the context of a “broader conversation about how to help Americans prepare for a secure retirement.””

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President Obama: Republicans “Suspicious” of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

January 15, 2013

“The president claimed that what’s “motivating and propelling” House Republicans may be “more than simply deficit reduction.” “

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South Korea’s Incoming President Park Geun Hye Abandons Fiscal Austerity and Increases Welfare Spending

December 20, 2012

“Park, who takes office in February, may plan as much as 20 trillion won ($18.6 billion) in additional spending, according to Nomura International Ltd.”

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