Bryant opposes Dems’ Medicaid expansion alternative

State House Democrats on Wednesday proposed an “alternative” to Medicaid expansion that would use federal money to buy insurance for 300,000 of the state’s working poor, similar to a proposal in Arkansas.

But Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republicans said the Democrats’ plan is just a repackaged Medicaid expansion as called for with the Affordable Care Act, which they oppose.

“After reviewing the plan recently passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in Arkansas, and after talking with officials of Health and Human Services, we believe we have a plan that will work, that is a real alternative to Medicaid expansion, and that would gain approval from Washington,”said state Rep. Robert Johnson, D-Natchez, flanked by about 20 other lawmakers at the Capitol.

Clarion Ledger