Thursday, February 14, 2013

Republicans would rather kill Medicaid than even talk about expansion

The Mississippi House Democratic Caucus just released the following:

Republicans Try Brinkmanship on Medicaid

Mississippi House Democratic Caucus Press
Contact:          Rep. Bobby Moak (601) 359-2860

February 14, 2013

Jackson, MS- This afternoon, the House Rules Committee killed S.B. 2207, a measure that would extend the repealers on various provisions of Mississippi’s Medicaid program and allow for the consideration of Medicaid expansion.

Proponents of Medicaid expansion say that in the long-term, expansion will save both state and federal dollars while extending healthcare coverage to thousands of lower-income Mississippians.  In Mississippi, expansion would also mean jobs by improving Mississippi’s healthcare workforce.

By tabling S.B. 2207, House Republicans are attempting to shut down the conversation on Medicaid expansion in Mississippi.  As a result of the Rules Committee’s actions, the only remaining Medicaid bill is H.B. 560, a measure that failed to pass in the House and is currently being held on a Motion to Reconsider.  H.B. 560 does not contain any of the code sections that would allow for Medicaid expansion.   

House Democratic Caucus Leader Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto) said, “Republicans are again proving that they are not interested in an open and honest discussion on Medicaid.  If they were, they would allow Mississippians the benefit of considering this important issue with all options on the table.”

Moak added, “House Democrats will not abide false deadlines or political ploys on this issue.  We are ready to kill every bill that comes before us that does not allow for a full vetting of the crucial question of Medicaid expansion.  Any attempt by Republicans to suggest that they don’t have options to revive a Medicaid bill is nonsense.  They have the Governor’s mansion, the Senate and the House.  If a Medicaid bill doesn’t pass in the next month its because Republicans are more interested in playing politics than doing their jobs.”



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