Christie becomes 8th Republican Governor to agree to expand Medicaid

Christie with McCroryNew Jersey governor Chris Christie has joined the growing list of Republican governors opting to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Christie told state legislators Tuesday that while he was no fan of the federal healthcare law, expansion was the smart thing to do for the state’s fiscal and public health:

“After considerable discussion and research, we have decided to participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. While we already have one of the most expansive and generous Medicaid programs in the nation, including the second highest eligibility rate for children, we have an opportunity to ensure that an even greater number of New Jerseyans who are at or near the poverty line will have access to critical health services beginning in January 2014,” said Christie in prepared remarks.

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Under the ACA, the federal government will pay 100% of newly eligible Medicaid patients for the first three years.

Governor Christie’s decision was announced as the NC Senate approved (31-16) legislation to reject Medicaid expansion, which would have covered 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians. That bill now heads to Governor McCrory’s desk.

Earlier this month, McCrory said Medicaid expansion would not be “in the best interest of North Carolina, our health care system, and our citizens.”

2 Comments

  1. Alex

    February 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    It’s sad to see that we now measure success in this country with how many people we can put on the government dole, and will be even sadder when all of the borrowed money runs out.

  2. Jack

    February 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Does “on the government dole” include Governor McCrory and all the other elected officials as well government employees who are being paid with our tax dollar?

    Or, do you mean, just “those people?”

    As governors across the country wake up to the need for a healthy society they choose to do the right thing. In other words they are doing what they were elected to do. Represent the best interest of the people rather than kowtowing to a GOP agenda aiming to harm the people.