No exanding healthcare if you live in a Republican state

This is the Republican vision:

Nearly 2 in 3 uninsured low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage under President Obama’s health care law may be out of luck next year because their states have not expanded Medicaid.

An Associated Press analysis of figures from the Urban Institute finds a big coverage gap developing, with 9.7 million out of 15 million potentially eligible adults living in states that are refusing the expansion or are undecided with time running short.

That a majority of the neediest people who could be helped by the law may instead remain uninsured is a predicament unforeseen by Obama and congressional Democrats who designed a sweeping extension of the social safety net. The law’s historic promise of health insurance for nearly all US residents would not be fulfilled as envisioned.

It’s the direct consequence of last summer’s Supreme Court decision that gave states the right to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, combined with unyielding resistance to the law from many Republican state lawmakers.

The article quotes an oblivious woman:

GOP health policy expert Gail Wilensky said she did not expect so many states to turn down the Medicaid expansion. While critical of some main features of the Affordable Care Act, Wilensky believes it’s important for the country to get uninsured people covered.

She obviously hasn’t been paying attention to her party–she was in charge of Medicare and Medicaid under George HW Bush, so perhaps that’s her idea of the Republican party. It’s not, HW couldn’t get elected anywhere as a Republican these days and the Republican party doesn’t care at all about expanding health insurance–in fact they would just let them die.

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