Obama: ‘Political Spite’ Motivating States to Refuse Medicaid Expansion

Republicans “still can’t bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working,” President Obama told a news conference on Thursday. He also took aim at states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs:

“This does frustrate me — states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states — zero cost to these states — other than ideological reasons they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.”

But some governors, pointing to President Obama’s own broken promises, simply don’t believe the government funding will be there.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will fund 100 percent of the cost for states to expand Medicaid for three years, and that will gradually decline to 90 percent of the costs in 2020 and beyond.

‘Nothing is free’