That’s right, we’re not making this up. This is the same Ron Ram who was so upset by last summer’s Supreme Court decision to uphold ObamaCare that he couldn’t even indulge in his usual Fourth of July activities. (No, not tossing cherry bombs at the neighborhood cats.)
At the time on his Facebook page, he complained that the ruling spoiled his holiday, when he said he typically spends time contemplating "a longer, historical view of our freedom and liberty." "That is impossible," he said, because the Supreme Court upheld "the disaster that is ObamaCare."
"That decision resulted in the degradation of our liberty," Ramsey wrote. "There is simply no other way to put it. ... This usurpation of our liberty called ObamaCare must be resisted."
Well, all that has changed miraculously, reporters learned today during Ramsey’s weekly avail. No longer resisting, Ramsey said he’s willing to help Gov. Bill Haslam convince lawmakers to go along with Medicaid expansion should the governor ever stop waffling and make up his mind.
“I can honestly say I’m not leaning one way or the other. I’m sure the governor will call me and discuss it with me before he makes his decision and that’s when we’ll get to that point.”
Ramsey said he’s told the governor to cut a mean deal with the Obama administration on this. Get something in return for expanding Medicaid, although exactly what is up in the air, he said.
“I’ve not polled members but it won’t be easy,” Ramsey said about talking Republican lawmakers into going along. “And that’s the reason I’ve told the governor, ‘you need to be able to convince legislators that it’s the right thing to do, that we need to see that we—quote—got something for it. Or that there are statutory requirements that come into place if the federal funding changes and things of that nature. On its face, if you say, ‘Do you want this money or do you not want this money?’ the answer will be no. But if we make a convincing case on why this needs to be done, then I think it’s a possibility.”