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State's GOP comes out against increased Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Party leaders have adopted a resolution saying they oppose Medicaid expansion.

State GOP chairman Joe Nosef said today that the party executive committee acted on the document Monday.

He says it’s a way to support Republican elected officials, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn.

Under the health law signed by President Barack Obama, states have the option of expanding Medicaid coverage to people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The federal government would pay most of the tab.

Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature have pushed for expansion. Last week, they said working poor Mississippians should have the option of using federal money to buy private health insurance. Bryant dismissed that idea as a rebranding of Medicaid expansion.

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3 comments

  1. It is very short-sighted to fight the expansion of Medicaid. It will result in other national programs to provide health care to the working poor. To refuse federal money because we will have to controbuite up to 10% of the cost in seven years does not make economic sense. Republicans will pay form these regressive policies in the near future.

  2. The people of Mississippi need to go to Jackson and let them know how we feel. Poor people are NOT REPRESENTED in Jackson. We need to do a HOUSECLEANING . When you want to do something to support someone and willing to let people suffer for it, we need you out of there. Lives mean more than support.

  3. GOP has it correct! Every program that comes out of D.C. cost far more than projected.

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