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April 22, 2014 11:58 AM Scorching the Earth on Medicaid Expansion

By Ed Kilgore

State laws governing accession to or rejection of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion vary in terms of who makes the decision; in some cases, it’s the governor, in some cases the legislature, in some cases both.

So it’s not surprising that in some Republican-controlled states, GOPers are changing the laws to make it harder to undo prior rejectionist decisions, as TPM’s Dylan Scott explains:

Republicans are taking no chances when it comes to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. They’re closing every possible door. Under bills passed in Georgia and Kansas recently, even if a Democratic candidate were to pull off an upset and take the governor’s seat, they would not be able to expand the program without the consent of the state legislature — which will almost certainly remain Republican.

It’s a form of scorching the earth prior to a possible political retreat. And it’s probably a good sign for Democrats in these two states that Republicans think it’s possible they could lose the governorship in November.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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