Politics Color Governors' Decisions on Medicaid

By: Charles Babington, Associated Press
By: Charles Babington, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Partisan politics are coloring governors' decisions on whether to expand Medicaid in their states.

The question of whether more low-income people receive Medicaid coverage may have less to do with their need than with how their states vote in governors' races.

Medicaid is the government health insurance program for the poor. Every Democratic governor has called for accepting larger-than-usual federal subsidies to expand coverage.

But the nation's 30 Republican governors are split. Eight agreed to expand Medicaid - and most of them are from states President Barack Obama won.

At least 20 GOP governors have declined the offer. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate who may try again, called Medicaid expansion a brazen intrusion into state sovereignty.

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