The plight of more than a million uninsured people in five red states hangs in the balance in November. Each state has refused to expand Medicaid through Obamacare under a Republican governor. Each is facing a stiff challenge from a Democratic opponent who supports Medicaid expansion. So much is riding on the outcome of those races that in two of the states Republican legislatures fearful of Democratic victory have passed laws reining in the power of the governor to unilaterally expand Medicaid. Dylan Scottreports.
As I mentioned just below, there's some movement toward red states adopting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. But the holdout states are clustered in the South, where African Americans are most affected by the lack of Medicaid coverage.
The idea that Medicaid expansion in red states is a dead letter until Obama leaves office may not entirely hold up. The financial incentives to expand sooner are so great that even very conservative states (at least outside the South) are starting to see the light.
A good piece linking that awful Uzi accident involving a 9-year old girl and what is called "gun tourism." It includes a bit more about where that incident happened: "The dusty outdoor range calls itself the Bullets and Burgers Adventure and touts its "Desert Storm atmosphere." You get the idea.