Reluctant Acceptance, Not Popularity, May Be Obamacare’s Best Hope

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 7:21 am

Now that the federal exchange is functioning less terribly it seems supporters of the Affordable Care Act are again trying to convince themselves popularity is just around the corner. While I could be wrong I simply can’t see the law every becoming truly popular. The simple fact is the law was unpopular while it was [...]

Gov. Jindal Outlines the Republican Case for Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 24, 2013 9:43 am

Since the Supreme Court made taking part in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act optional, several Republican governors and state legislatures have decided to reject it. One of the most prominent governors to reject the expansion was Bobby Jindal (R-LA) who recently wrote an op-ed defending his decision. First, as a general principle, [...]

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

By: Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:34 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 comes from Paul Ryan (R-WI) “warning governors” that they shouldn’t count on generous matching funds for Medicaid expansion. From Chicago Tribune: The chairman of [...]

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

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 1:08 pm

Late Wednesday the Arkansas legislature gave final approval to a bill that would expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The bill now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe (D) who plans to sign it. What makes this bill special is that Arkansas’s plans to expand Medicaid using a so-called “private option.” Instead of putting people [...]

Arkansas’ Dubious Logic Regarding Their Medicaid Expansion Plan

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 11:17 am

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 [...]

Gov. Kasich Will Support Medicaid Expansion in Ohio

By: Monday February 4, 2013 12:06 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 [...]

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Backs Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 8:21 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 [...]

Republican Governor of New Mexico Plans to Expand Medicaid

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 9:17 am

The Republican Governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez, says she plans to have her state expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. From KOAT 7: Gov. Susana Martinez announced the expansion of the state’s Medicaid system, meaning many New Mexicans could soon have federally funded insurance. It’s an unusual move for a Republican governor to [...]

Idaho Governor Will Oppose Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday January 8, 2013 7:42 am

Idaho will not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act at this time. In his state of the state address Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter said that he will not seek an expansion this year. From Otter’s speech: As you’ll hear in a moment, we have some pretty good ideas about that kind of managed care [...]

How the Supreme Court Indirectly Protected Medicaid from Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:49 pm

The Supreme Court’s decision to make the Medicaid expansion option may have indirectly protected the program from cuts during the current fiscal cliff negotiations.