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By Rick Holmes
Feb. 22, 2013 11:05 a.m.



I’ve long wondered when Republicans’  ideological aversion to Obamacare would collide with its practical political benefits. The point of the program, after all, is to make it easier for 30 million people who can’t get or can’t afford health insurance to see the doctor when they are sick.  Uninsured people can still vote, and I’ve never understood why any politician would think it wise to brag about not helping his neediest constituents.



Republican governors are finally starting to get it.  In seven states, they have reversed their positions and decided to let the feds pay to expand Medicaid in their states. Even Florida’s Rick Scott, who has made a political career of rejecting Obamacare (after making a fortune in a health industry career somewhat marred by charges of Medicare fraud against his company), is putting his reversal in human, moral terms:



“No mother or father should despair over whether they have access to high quality health care for their sick child,” Scott said Wednesday. With federal funds covering the cost, “I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians that need it access to health care.”




The president responsible for improving the lives of 30 million Americans couldn’t have said it better.

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