Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Klein: GOP governors using ObamaCare denial to rip states off

South Dakota is bribing attorneys to practice in the state.
Most states won't want to rip themselves off that badly, at least not for long. And all a state would need to do to receive full benefits under the law is say yes to some form of the Medicaid expansion and build their own exchange. But Obamacare is powerfully politicized, and some Republican governors or legislatures might hate the law enough to hold their state back. That leaves 15 states who haven't accepted the Medicaid expansion and haven't built their own exchange: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin. Those states, according to 2013 Census numbers, had about 103 million residents — or roughly a third of the country's population. Ripping yourself off out of political spite is not an obvious electoral winner, of course. [Ezra Klein, Red states are using Obamacare to rip themselves off]
The state's GOP senators are pledging to stop coverage for the uninsurable.

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