The Republican’s recent efforts to repeal the ACA failed last Friday, and this has caused many states to reevaluate their stance on their healthcare programs. Medicaid is a state-run program that receives funding from the federal government. Many Republican-led states held off on ACA-legislated Medicaid expansion as a form of resistance to Obamacare. However, now that repeal is looking more and more unlikely, these same states stand to lose out on future federal funding. In addition, the Republican-led states that have expanded Medicaid have seen improved results, and these results are visible to governors and senators that are now really trying to evaluate how to best help their constituents.
Expanding Medicaid needs to be truly considered by each of the remaining states. It cannot become a partisan point of argument and resistance. Rather, each state needs to determine if there is any benefit to missing out on federal dollars going towards individuals in their state. If it can be expanded in many of these states, an increased amount of people will have access to healthcare that they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford or access, and I consider that a good thing.
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