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Another GOP Governor Plans Medicaid Expansion

Republican Mike Pence, governor of Indiana, has a long history of railing against "Obamacare." But http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/15/another-conservative-governor-finds-a-way-to-expand-medicaid/">according to the Washington Post, he may become the next governor to expand Medicaid in his state.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence, after months of discussions with the Obama administration, is offering a new plan Thursday morning to expand coverage to low-income uninsured Hoosiers. As expected, he's doing it through an existing state insurance program for adults that's been championed by some conservatives.

The Indiana program offers health spending accounts to folks that are slightly above Medicaid eligibility; Pence is looking to expand that access, much the same way that the ACA was designed to expand Medicaid access for the working poor and those slightly above the poverty line, up to 138 percent.

Pence is getting credit (and criticism) for finding a clever way to accept Medicaid expansion while still saving a little face as an Obamacare denier; any chance Governor Bryant could do the same and help the http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-usa-healthcare-mississippi-idUSBRE99304320131004">300,000 Mississippians in the insurance gap?

After all, his logic that the state would be stuck once Obamacare was struck down seems less and less likely at this point.

Maybe it's time to go ahead and help working Mississippians get access to decent healthcare?


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