Analysis: Explanation of ObamaCare’s Call For State-Level Medicaid Expansion

by Colonel on February 6, 2013

“Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act calls on states to expand Medicaid to most Americans earning up to 133 percent of the poverty line. The expansion would revolutionize the program, which in many states is now limited mainly to children, pregnant women and the very old. Under the reform law, Washington would fund more than 90 percent of the expansion.

Analysts say pressure on states from local healthcare industries, combined with a new Republican interest in appealing to minority voters in the wake of Obama’s re-election, has nudged some governors toward acceptance.

Since Obama’s re-election, at least 10 governors have chosen to support the Medicaid expansion, including six Republican governors. Five Republicans have chosen to oppose it.

Another 14 governors, 12 Republicans and two Democrats, remain undecided, but experts say many are likely to reach decisions in the coming weeks.

” – (Reporting by Mary Wisniewski in Chicago; Editing by Greg McCune and Eric Walsh), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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