Gary Alexander: Resisting the Medicaid-expansion temptation

The Washington Times, February 14, 2014

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling, states are no longer required to liberalize Medicaid eligibility, one of the strategies of Obamacare to improve health care access among lower-income Americans.

Yet that doesn’t mean the 25 states that have resisted turning the means-tested welfare program into a default health care plan for working-age, able-bodied Americans face no pressure to do so.

Indeed, a phalanx of welfare-advocacy groups, health care consultants, hospital systems, and managed-care organizations continue to lobby the legislatures of the holdout states.

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