John Kasich accepts the Medicaid expansion:
Sahil Kapur: Ohio’s GOP Governor Embraces Key Part Of Obamacare: Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he will accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, becoming the fifth Republican governor to embrace the provision of the health care reform law that the Supreme Court made optional….
We are going to extend Medicaid for the working poor and for those who are jobless trying to find work. It makes great sense for the state of Ohio because it will allow us to provide greater care with our own dollars.
The four other Republican governors to back the Medicaid expansion are Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota and Jan Brewer of Arizona. About a dozen GOP governors from red states have rejected the expansion; others from mostly blue and purple states have yet to decide. Democratic governors have broadly embraced it.
It’s an enticing deal: the expansion would extend Medicaid eligibility to their residents up to roughly 133 percent of the poverty line. The federal government would cover the full cost of the new beneficiaries in the early years and 90 percent after 2020. “The net effect is 270,000 Ohioans coming into the [Medicaid] program,” said Greg Moody, the director of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation. “Over two years the state of Ohio will have saved $235 million as a result of the decision to extend coverage.”
The Governors who are innumerate dorks are, so far: Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Idaho Governor C.L. Otter, Maine Governor Paul LePage, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, South Carolina Governor Nikki Hale, and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.