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Monday, July 16, 2012

Arkansas Governor Debates Taking Part In Medicaid Expansion

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe is unsure of whether his state will take part in the Medicaid expansion. (AP)

When the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s Affordable Care Law, the justices made the expansion of Medicaid optional, rather than a requirement. Five Republican governors say will definitely not take part in the program; 10 Democratic governors say they will — the and rest? They’re not sure.

That includes Democratic governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas.

“My concern is that we’re in a position to be able to pay for it,” he told Here & Now‘s Robin Young.

Guest:

  • Gov. Mike Beebe, (D) Arkansas

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  • Peggy Gale, Wickford, RI

    I am annoyed by how this governor and others turn around the fact to make themselves look like victims.  Governor Mie Beebe complains that the increase in his medicaid funding will be greater than those other states who have been covering more people all the time and thus, using more state money than his state has ever paid.  He wants to give himself sympathy because his state has allowed people to die because those people made more than $4000 a year for a family of 4. 
    Disgusting!

  • Grenblau

    When politicians (usually republicans) say they “can’t” afford a social program like Medicaid you shouldn’t let them get away with this. They have made a _choice_ not to afford it. Certainly if every other industrialized country _can_ afford to insure its citizens, the only reason why we don’t is because of choices that our state and federal governments have made

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