Medicaid Expansion Won’t Make the Ballot in Montana

By: Friday June 20, 2014 2:10 pm

The people of Montana won’t get a chance to vote on Medicaid expansion this November. The campaign trying to put the issue on the ballot was unable to get enough valid signatures by today’s deadline.

 

Come Saturday Morning: January Economics Results and Medicare for All

By: Saturday March 8, 2014 6:45 am

Imagine how much more money all Americans could have if programs like Medicare and Medicaid applied to everyone. Well, you don’t have to imagine it — just look at places like Canada and Germany and the UK and France, places that unlike the US still have thriving middle classes.

Signature Gathering Can Begin for Medicaid Expansion Initiative in Ohio

By: Friday September 20, 2013 5:20 pm

The campaign behind the push is “Healthy Ohioans Work.” They hope the effort forces the Republican-controlled legislature to finally act on the issue soon, but are prepared to go through with putting it on the 2014 ballot if necessary.

Gov. Jindal Outlines the Republican Case for Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 1:45 pm

It is worth familiarizing yourself if Jindal’s argument because Medicaid expansion is likely to be a very big political and policy issue in the next few years at both the federal and state level. Republicans want to make Obamacare a top issue in federal elections and Medicaid expansion will potentially go directly before voters in several states, thanks to ballot initiative campaigns. It should also play a big role in several gubernatorial elections.

Paul Ryan’s “Warning” About Medicaid Is Actually a Threat

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 8:30 am

Now that Republicans have failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the short term many are still working to make the implementation even more problematic. One of the latest efforts is Paul Ryan (R-WI) “warning governors” that they shouldn’t count on generous matching funds for Medicaid expansion. From Chicago Tribune:

Arkansas Legislature Gives Final Approval for “Private Option” Medicaid Expansion

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 5:07 pm

What makes this bill special is that Arkansas’s plans to expand Medicaid using a so-called “private option.” Instead of putting people under 138 percent of the federal poverty level on Medicaid, this would basically use the money to help this population buy private health insurance on the newly created exchange.

Arkansas’ Dubious Logic Regarding Their Medicaid Expansion Plan

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Arkansas is currently trying to pursue a novel path for expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They want to take the money and instead use it to get its population to buy private insurance on the new Obamacare exchange. It has been dubbed the “Private option.”

The one big problem with this plan is that private insurance is significantly more expensive than public insurance programs.

Republican Governors and the Medicaid Expansion: Capitulation or Manipulation?

By: Sunday February 24, 2013 8:30 am

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision the other day to go along with the Medicaid expansion next year, after he had previously rejected it vehemently, has been widely interpreted as simply the latest event in a series whereby Republican governors are slowly seeing the handwriting on the wall and capitulating to the hated Obamacare, while also being motivated by one political factor or another; for example, Politico lays it to Scott’s sinking poll numbers.

Gov. Kasich Will Support Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

By: Monday February 4, 2013 7:15 pm

As part of his budget proposal Governor John Kasich (R) will support taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid in Ohio. This move comes as a bit of a surprise given that Kasich as been one of the biggest opponents of Obamacare, but in the end Kasich decided the expansion was too good a deal for the state to pass up.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Backs Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 11:08 am

Yesterday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorsed taking advantage of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to everyone up to 138% of the federal poverty level. While Brewer has been one of the most vocal opponents of “Obamacare,” in her State of the State address she acknowledged that it is the law of the land and must be dealt with as such.

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