Friday, December 13, 2013

Ramsey Blows Off Public Support for Medicaid Expansion

Posted By on Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey loves the results of this week’s Vanderbilt poll—except the responses he doesn't like, and those he dismisses and tries to explain away.

In one of his periodic sit-downs with reporters yesterday, Ramsey hailed the poll’s 53 percent approval rating for the legislature as showing the Republican supermajority is right on:

“That’s unheard of,” he gushed. “When Congress is in the single digits and we’re at 53 percent that means people are paying attention. That doesn’t happen by accident. I think people like what we’re doing in Tennessee and so I think the team we put together needs to stay together for a few more years.”

But what about the even stronger support—63 percent—for Medicaid expansion, RonRam? Well, those same people who are paying such close attention to the legislature have somehow managed to miss out on important drawbacks of Medicaid expansion, he says.

“I bet I could word that question where they weren’t in favor of it. I didn’t see the question but I bet it did not say, ‘Would you be willing for your taxes to go up and other areas of state government to be cut to fund the Medicaid expansion.’ I bet you’d get maybe 25 percent.”

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