Politics color governors’ decisions on Medicaid

by Rachel Baker on December 17, 2013

Here’s an interesting article from the AP last week about how politics is what determines a governors decision on Medicaid.

Every Democratic governor has called for accepting larger-than-usual federal subsidies to expand Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor. The only three who failed were blocked by Republican state legislators.

Most of the 30 Republican governors have turned down Medicaid expansion, and the federal dollars that would come with it. Some who face potential tea party challengers in next year’s GOP primaries have rejected advice to broaden the program, which they call a costly federal overreach.

But a few Republican governors dismiss those arguments. They have accepted billions in federal money to cover more people with Medicaid. It would shortchange their constituents to do otherwise, they say, noting that workers everywhere pay the federal taxes now up for redistribution.

Of the eight Republican governors who will expand Medicaid, six are from states carried by President Barack Obama.

Read More of the article here:
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/politics-color-governors-decisions-medicaid

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