Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) on Friday announced that his state would not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act for up to 40,000 low-income Alaskans who would be eligible, calling the law a “failed experiment.”
“Many of those pieces are failing,” he said of the law at a press conference, according to the Anchorage Daily News. “Can states trust the federal government to not cut and run on its share?”
Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have opted to expand Medicare. While the plagued federal health exchange has struggled to successfully enroll people for insurance, Medicare has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, the Associated Press reported this week.
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