Politics Color Governors' Decisions on Medicaid 12/15/13
December 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - Partisan politics are coloring governors' decisions on
whether to expand Medicaid in their states.
The question of whether more low-income people receive Medicaid coverage may
have less to do with their need than with how their states vote in governors'
Medicaid is the government health insurance program for the poor. Every
Democratic governor has called for accepting larger-than-usual federal subsidies
to expand coverage.
But the nation's 30 Republican governors are split. Eight agreed to expand
Medicaid - and most of them are from states President Barack Obama won.
At least 20 GOP governors have declined the offer. Texas Governor Rick
Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate who may try again, called Medicaid
expansion a brazen intrusion into state sovereignty.