Holdout Republican State Leaders Should Finally Expand Medicaid

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WASHINGTON — After the Supreme Court ruled against Republicans’ latest attempt to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, it looks like the signature health care reform law is here to stay. But Republican state legislators continue to stand against Medicaid expansion, forfeiting $49 billion in federal spending and denying coverage to millions of uninsured Americans. 

“The evidence is clear: Medicaid expansion is the obvious choice,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “But Republicans would rather play petty political games than provide affordable health care to their constituents and secure federal funding for hospitals in their communities. It’s time that they step up and finally do what they should have done a long time ago.”

Despite new incentives for Medicaid expansion passed as part of the American Rescue Plan, Republicans have only grown more zealous in their irrational opposition to the law. Missouri lawmakers refused to appropriate funding for expansion, even though voters passed a constitutional amendment to that effect last year. 

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