Fifteen governors reject or leaning against expanded Medicaid program

July 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm

At least 15 governors have indicated they will not participate in the expansion of Medicaid under the healthcare law, striking a blow to President Obama’s promise of broader insurance coverage.

Before Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, states had the option of either increasing their Medicaid rolls or being penalized by the federal government. The high court struck down that offer as unconstitutional.

Governors still have a financial incentive to participate in the expansion of coverage for low-income people, since the government will foot most of the bill through 2016. But the decision is also loaded with politics, particularly for Republican governors who are adamantly opposed to “ObamaCare.”

“You can make the political call real quick, but the actual decision is a complicated one,” said Matt Salo of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. “Governors are going to be looking at the numbers and asking: Does this make sense for us?”

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  1. Speedy7201 says:

    Thats the problem, no one is looking past 2016 when at that time the states will have to start paying for it all.
    If it stands, I wish that I could be there when all of these Liberals hat are talking crap about it, start getting their bills and taxes for Obamacare. I would love to be that fly on the wall, as much as I would like to say that ” I told you so ” but it hurts us all so much, I told You so wouldn;t do a but of good.

  2. Rmarodis says:

    Which 15 governors? 

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