- OVERNIGHT HEALTH: States struggling with Medicaid choice
What’s left? The Supreme Court ruled. The House held its second repeal vote. All is quiet on the healthcare-reform front, with the exception of the now-optional Medicaid expansion, which puts many governors in a tricky spot. Supporters say state leaders would be foolish to turn down enormous federal grants to expand their Medicaid rolls. Opponents say state leaders would be foolish to grow the program, putting themselves on the hook for future costs amid a wave of budget crises.
For GOP governors, the calculus is also political. Many, such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have said they’re putting off implementation of the healthcare law until after November to focus on electing Mitt Romney, who has promised to repeal it. But that doesn’t mean the choice is easy for Democratic governors, either.
- Kentucky says it will implement central piece of Obama’s health law
Kentucky will set up its own insurance exchange rather than allow the federal government to take the lead — the 13th state to commit to an exchange since the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling.
Gov. Steve Beshear (D) said in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that he will sign an executive order to create an exchange.
- Poll: GOP approval of Supreme Court has plummeted since healthcare ruling
Republican voters took a strongly negative view of the Supreme Court in the wake of its healthcare ruling, according to a new poll.
- Maine governor: Health reform law not as bad as Holocaust — ‘yet’
Paul LePage waded back into the controversy over his remarks comparing implementation of the administration’s healthcare law to Nazi Germany.
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