GOP States Say Obama Threatening Them to Expand Medicaid

Ten GOP state attorneys general on Tuesday wrote to congressional Republicans, asking for help reining in the Obama administration’s alleged effort to force them to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.

The letter stems from a lawsuit Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) filed against the Obama administration in April. In that lawsuit, Scott argued that the administration was trying to force his state to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare by cutting off a separate federal program, known as the Low Income Pool (LIP), that funded care for the uninsured at hospitals in the state.

The ten attorneys general, in a letter to House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), say they are worried that they could be threatened with the loss of similar federal funds in their states in an effort to force them to expand Medicaid, too. The Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on the issue on Wednesday.

“We welcome assistance from Congress in reigning-in CMS [the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services], an agency insistent upon trampling the rights of our sovereign states to make critical policy decisions regarding Medicaid and, in terminating funding for critical health services, imperiling the lives of our most vulnerable citizens,” the attorneys general write.