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Friday, February 22, 2013

More Republican Governors Sign Onto Medicaid Expansion

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer are among the Republican governors who will participate in the Medicaid expansion. (AP)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer are among the Republican governors who will participate in the Medicaid expansion. (AP)

President Barack Obama is getting some surprising support for his plan to expand Medicaid to cover 17 million more uninsured Americans.

Republican governors, including Florida’s Rick Scott, this week are signing onto the expansion plan.

Scott’s support was a real reversal, because his state challenged that part of the law before the U.S. Supreme Court, and basically won when the court ruled last summer that states could opt out of Medicaid expansion.

The argument that expanding Medicaid could save lives and also create jobs and stimulate the economy appears to have swayed Scott and Republican governors from other states, including Michigan, Ohio and Arizona.

Thirteen states have said they won’t expand Medicaid and 14 have not yet decided.

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  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyFroggg J Frog

    Question:  Part of the President’s rationale for the so-called Affordable Care Act was that covering more people would SAVE health care dollars.  More coverage = better care = lower increases in cost.  Massachusetts’  state health care plan was touted as being very similar to the President’s plan.  It seems this would be a excellent test case of whether his reasoning is sound.  What has been the experience in Mass. regarding cutting health care cost trends as compared to the National average?  Does anyone have these numbers?

  • Harry

    Ask you guest about whats happening in kansas.

  • Jim D

    Provide more for many more and save money….now where else in the business world does this work?

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