Republicans who oppose Medicaid expansion better watch out—the call is coming from inside the house!
North Carolina’s Democratic Governor Roy Cooper boasted in November that Republicans in the state legislature have “done a complete about face” on Medicaid expansion and “know it’s the right thing to do.” A group of Republicans in Wyoming is working to revive expansion efforts that died in the statehouse last year. There’s even movement among Republicans in Georgia, once a bulwark against Medicaid expansion.
Nearly a decade after the Affordable Care Act enabled states to expand Medicaid, Republicans in the 11 states that refused may feel pressure to cave. But they’re better off holding their ground. Expanding enrollment will only perpetuate the waste that has taken root in the program and further strain scarce taxpayer resources.