My own governor is one of the prime enemy's of the Medicaid expansion I could use
In states across the country, Republican governors are refusing to allow one of the most important aspects of the affordable care act (Obamacare) to be implemented; the Medicaid expansion. Over twenty Republican controlled states are fighting to block the expansion, some more fierce then others. While some Republican governors have given in and accepted the it, others have not.
Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is a prime enemy of expanding Medicaid under the ACA. He is also my current governor, and he has wasted no time in framing his opposition to the ACA is to preserve “American family values.” Jindal has dropped the idea that he initially opposed it as a budgetary matter. Now he has gone full out and admitted that this is an ideological stand.
Indeed it would have to be ideological to make sense. Jindal and other Republican governors initially stated that they were opposed to opting into the federally backed Medicaid expansion because they believed that it would harm the state budgets. However, it doesn’t add up when one examines what the Medicaid expansion will look like.
The law states that the expansion will be fully covered by the government, 100% of the cost until 2017. After 2017 the government will only pay a measly 90% of the cost. Based on that alone, we can rule out budget busters. It means that the only reason the Medicaid Expansion is being blocked for purely political reasons.
This upsets me largely because the Medicaid expansion is one of the most crucial elements in the ACA for the poor and lower middle class to get access to the care they need. Yes the new exchanges serve their role, and if you’re fortunate you might get a tax credit from the government. Yet if you don’t fall in those categories, you find yourself stuck having to buy private healthcare that you still can’t afford.
The ACA has no price control mechanism on insurance plans. The Medicaid expansion is a crucial part of making sure we cover as many people as we can. Removing the easier access to Medicaid leaves the poor in a situation where they have to buy health insurance, with very little guarantee it can be afforded. It’s no coincidence that many Republican governors have chosen not to allow the Medicaid expansion.
With an entire party devoted to trying to kill the ACA in any way possible, these types of challenges are predictable. However they still frustrate the hell out of me. Honestly, I could really use the Medicaid assistance myself. Bobby Jindal and most other Republicans governors are still denying millions of people affordable healthcare. Myself along with the millions of others being denied access in red states should be ready to vote them out next year. I will.