BOBBY HARRISON: Gov. Bryant takes the ‘liberal’ view of Medicaid powers

Perhaps Phil Bryant is not as conservative as he likes for Mississippi voters to believe. The governor has always referred to himself as a strict constructionist – conservative – when it comes to interpreting the law, and particularly the Constitution.

But maybe that is not the case.

Last week Bryant said that he would attempt to run Medicaid even if the Legislature does not reauthorize or fund the program.

He, in essence, dared anyone to take him to court and stop him, and thus, be responsible for shutting down the state-federal program that provides health care to about 640,000 poor pregnant women, poor children, the disabled and the elderly. Byrant asked if anyone would be willing to go to court and be responsible for shutting down a program that provides nursing home care for thousands of elderly Mississippians.

Read more: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
5/15/13