Anti-Choice Governors Flip to Accept Medicaid Expansion
Some of the nation's most extreme anti-choice Republican governors - who've been anything but timid about their opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on political grounds - are changing their tune about expanding health insurance to millions of low-income residents in their states now that the ACA is becoming a reality.
Why? These governors simply can't ignore the benefits of the ACA. Just today, anti-choice Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA), who previously sued to overturn Obamacare, issued his plan to take advantage of Obamacare's Medicaid program and ensure access to health care for thousands of Pennsylvanians.
Gov. Corbett now joins these other anti-choice Republican governors who decided that the health and well-being of their constituents was, in fact, more important than their own political ideology:
- Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ)
- Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL)
- Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA)
- Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)
- Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND)
- Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
- Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM)
- Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV)
- Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)
- Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN)
- Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)initially rejected expanding Medicaid entirely, but then lobbied the White House to create a Medicaid program for the elderly and disabled with federal funds.
Even though we still disagree with these governors over women's reproductive rights, it's gratifying to see that so many have been persuaded to put aside their own political agendas and pursue the best policy for their constituents regarding access to health care.
For most people, implementing health-care coverage for low-income families is a no brainer. But as we've seen time and again, for many anti-choice governors, it's not about health care, it's about politics. And state officials who continue to play politics with peoples' health and reproductive choices will face the consequences when the elections roll around again.