In addition to what Richard said about Bevin going to a waiver being his most likely next step (he held up Indiana’s current plan as a model) keep in mind Bevin has said that the best way to make sure people have affordable healthcare is to create jobs through the magic of right-to-work and corporate tax cuts. That’s worked so well for Kansas, of course.
Of course, he’s also sworn to cut thousands of state employee jobs across the board too, so we’ll see how that works out, huh.
“People in this town are nervous on both sides, but they ought to be,” Bevin said. “If you are not productive, if you are not adding value, if you are not justifying your existence in terms of a return on the taxpayer’s money you ought to be nervous.
“If the taxpayer is not getting a good return on their tax investment, then we should reevaluate it. I’m agnostic to what that means. I don’t have predetermined notion as to what this means for merit versus non-merit, Democrat versus Republican.
“I’m agnostic. I will come with a blank sheet of paper and I think that is healthy. Somebody who truly is not beholden to anybody. Somebody that doesn’t owe anyone any favors — that’s what makes people nervous about Jenean (running mate Jenean Hampton) and I. We are not beholden to anybody.”
Gotta run government like a business, you know. And it’s all about making a profit, right? Government services are necessary cost of civilization, not profit centers, but of course that’s exactly what voters here wanted, to run it like a business.
You don’t add enough value, you should be nervous. Guess who determines what’s valuable?
Welcome to Bevinstan.
Justify your existence, citizen.