What state? Utah.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, GOP Governor Gary Herbert has made up his mind to go ahead with an expansion. His decision will enable 110,000 Utahns to get public health insurance coverage.
“Doing nothing … I’ve taken off the table. Doing nothing is not an option,” the Republican governor said at his monthly news conference, broadcast live on KUED Channel 7.
Now that the most Republican state in the country will be expanding Medicaid, in one form or another, isn’t it past time to stop claiming that expanding Medicaid in Maine is a liberal plot to make people dependent, kind of like heroin addiction?
Utah joins a number of states with Republican governors taking this step, many of which cited both health and economic benefits.
In Maine, the state Chamber of Commerce has gotten involved in negotiating a compromise. The Maine Medical Association and Maine Hospital Association support an expansion. With moderate Republicans working and voting with majority Democrats, the Pine Tree State could be the next to expand Medicaid.