There are many initiatives at the Federal level right now that are deserving of resistance at the state level on principal if for no other reason. The Medicaid expansion is one such program.
Medicaid is, ostensibly, a “jointly administered” program with governance shared between the states and the federal government.
In practice, however, the federal government becomes the mafia don of Medicaid; the government uses the federal portion of Medicaid funding to strong-arm the states into accepting unpalatable and often locally unpopular federal mandates, such as universal abortion funding and other politically unsavory activities.
The principal comes into play when you look at the big picture.”Big Brother” presents a mandate that is only partially funded, but that obligates the state; then the Feds use the mandate as a pressure point to coerce the state into acquiescing to Federal control.
“Shared governance” is meaningless to the Federal Government; they do not share, and they do not play well with others.
All Pennsylvania citizens should support Governor Corbett’s efforts to resist Federal intrusion into our state. Write to Governor Corbett and your state representative and state senator, and let them know that you are opposed to acceptance of the federal expanded Medicaid offering that is part of Obamacare.
We all need to be willing to make a few “sacrifices” in order to starve the federal monster into submission. Remember – a government that is big enough to give you everything you need (or think you need) is big enough to take everything you have.