One of the quandaries right now for GOP governors is whether to accept the Medicaid expansion in their states that the Affordable Care Act provides. It’s basically free money from the federal government, but it’s politically toxic for conservatives.
Yesterday, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez became just the second GOP governor to accept the Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Rick Scott stands accused of exaggerating the costs of the expansion to his state as a way of justifying rejecting the money. On the defensive, his administration has agreed to recalculate the cost estimates.
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