Many states are still ambiguous towards the expansion of Medicaid. Twenty-nine states along with the District of Columbia have already expanded Medicaid, the most recent state having agreed to do so being Alaska. However, it is important to note that Alaska lawmakers attempted to stop Governor Bill Walker from expanding the Affordable Care Act’s program, otherwise known as ObamaCare.
Interestingly, four states are looking into expanding Medicaid. They are Montana, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming. Montana released an alternative Medicaid expansion plan for a routine public comment period, but it is not likely to be passed. The governor of Tennessee, a Republican, is publicly against ObamaCare, but does intend to use federal funds to provide coverage for an additional 200,000 low-income residents by helping to purchase health plans. This plan was scrapped in February 2015 by a key Senate committee. Utah is still struggling to create a viable plan that could pass in the Legislature, and Wyoming shot down its own expansion plan in February 2015 as well.
Nineteen states have not expanded Medicaid. It is clear that political factions have a role to play in this as many Republican governors have refused expansion. Louisiana Governor Bobby Lindal (Republican) stated that expansion “would cost his state $1 billion over the first 10 years.”
This entire blog post is meant to incite one meaningful question: what are the states’ responsibilities in providing their citizens with healthcare? Are states meant to keep a watchful eye over their citizens, keep the wolves away from the herd, but simply observe passively as the sheep to die from accidental injury and disease? Many countries all over the globe, from Austria to Russia, Hong Kong to New Zealand, provide universal health coverage.
It is also necessary to note that the article that this blog post is sourced from is clearly inflected with Liberal views. The article provides, ultimately, Liberal propaganda (one example being that the article tended to provide statistics on the amount of people that Medicaid expansion could help, with just enough evidence favoring the Republicans to create a slightly neutral news article). Yes Medicaid will provide subsidies for many Americans who cannot afford expensive healthcare, but do such positive benefits balance out the problems Medicaid expansion could create?
Link to the article here