Walking It Back

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo softened a bit on the quarantine for health care workers returning from West Africa.  He now says they can do their 21-day quarantine at home and that they will be compensated for lost wages.

Soon after Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that New Jersey residents can also be quarantined at home (he didn’t address lost income), and that efforts would be made to get non-Jersey residents back to their own states for their quarantine.  But once a person leaves New Jersey, I don’t know what jurisdiction Christie would have to impose a quarantine on them if their home state doesn’t have such a requirement.

There’s still a gap between Cuomo/Christie and the Obama Administration, but it’s been narrowed somewhat.


Drip, Drip, Drip

Add Indiana to the list of GOP-controlled states that will expand Medicaid, so long as they don’t have to call it an Obamacare expansion.  Gov. Mike Pence (who may run for prez in 2016) has negotiated an expansion with the feds under his Healthy Indiana Program.  It’s a win-win — the feds get another state to insure people who fall in the ridiculous gap between those who qualify for Medicaid and those who qualify for Obamacare subsidies, and Pence can say it’s different from the Obamacare expansion.  But bottom line, more people get covered.

The arc of the health insurance universe bends slowly, but it’s bending toward coverage.

Good on You, Florida

A new Rasmussen poll shows former Dem governor Charlie Crist leading current GOP governor and Medicare fraudster Rick Scott, 45-39.  Rasmussen leans Republican, and the poll was among likely voters, so that makes it even encouraging.


Quote of the Day

“No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.”

Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-Nevada) about Cliven Bundy and the BLM.

Um, Brian, this isn’t about cows, it’s about the rule of law.


Yup, He’s Definitely Running

Former GOP Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has been suspended from his commentator job at Fox News, so he’s definitely running for Senate again — this time from New Hampshire.



Dead Guv Speaking

NJ Gov. Chris Christie told CPAC, “We have to stop letting the media define who we are and what we stand for.”

No, actually, Chris, the media are simply revealing who you are and what you stand for.  You’ve already defined yourself.

Wonder if CPAC will have him back next year when he’s the former governor?


1062 and All That

GOP Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have make it okay for businesses to discriminate against gays based on the “religious beliefs” of their owners and employees.  No soup (or wedding cake) for you!

As with Medicaid expansion, I hope other GOP governors will follow Brewer and do the right thing for their citizens.

Also today, a federal court in Texas found that state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

Back when I was growing up, right-wingers who saw Communists everywhere in this country wanted those on the left to move to Russia.  I think those on the right who are unhappy here should move to Putin’s Russia.