Ohio: That’s the latest state led by a conservative Republican governor to realize the utter mathematical stupidity of saying “no” to a federally-funded Medicaid expansion for a huge chunk of its poorest citizens.
This is from the folks at Think Progress:
“Ohio joined the list of states expanding Medicaid for Americans under 133 percent of the federal poverty line on Monday, after a special seven-member budgetary oversight panel made up of state lawmakers gave final approval to Gov. John Kasich’s (R) decision to grow the program via executive order….
Medicaid expansion, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, is expected to cut Ohio’s uninsurance rate by over 60 percent and extend basic health benefits to 275,000 of the poorest Ohio residents.”
At some point, Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly are going to wake up and acknowledge the undeniable math of the matter as well. No matter how many musty old Austrian economists the state budget director and his hirelings in the right-wing “think” tanks dredge up, at some point, elected politicians are going to figure out that it’s beyond mad to send billions of tax dollars to the feds so that they can redirect them to health providers in other states without providing North Carolina its fair share.
A half-million North Carolinians eagerly await the light bulb moment.