Originally Posted by Msmith
The Fed would like to hand out the money 100% for the expanded Medicaid the first three years. Now there are bunch of people lost their Medicaid coverage and couldn't get a decent plan in the Exchange.
I am sure the governor, and the 26 Republican governors, has reasons. But what is it?
The GOP is bound and determined to oppose Obamacare whether it serves rational best interest of the people or not.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Obamacare mandate was not unconsitutional. But the Supreme Court ruled another part of the case, that states had to accept Medicaid expansion or lose all federal contribution to Medicaid, to be impermissible for some reason that is not easy to recall or explain.
So deciding not to expand Medicaid became the one way for state government to oppose Obamacare. Some GOP majority legislatures and governors see the expansion as a rational choice. A lot of GOP majority legislatures and governors have not really put much thought into opposing it.
Any chance of repeal of the ACA was lost when Obama was re-elected. Nearly every state will go with some form of the Medicaid expansion in the next couple of years after people live with the decision not to have it.
If Hillary Clinton, or any other caucasian Democrat, is elected in 2016, any state that has not expanded Medicaid by then will expand Medicaid in their 2017 legislative session.