At least 15 Republican Governors have promised to opt-out of Obamacare and not take free money from the federal government to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more of the uninsured. In Republican southern states, adult uninsured populations are projected to shrink by 50% under the expansion. But Governors are saying no way.
For example, in South Carolina – where Medicaid expansion would reduce the uninsured population by 76% - Governor Nikki Haley is turning down the funding. The same is true in Louisiana, where Medicaid expansion could cut down on the uninsured by 74%. Studies have shown that lack of health insurance kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.
And when a lifeline is offered to these uninsured Americans, Republicans Governors are more than eager to cut it loose.