The White House just handed Mississippi Democratic candidates for governor a lot of ammo in the challenge to Gov. Phil Bryant.
Bryant refused to accept the Medicaid expansion and successfully fought off an attempt by Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to establish a state-run health insurance exchange. Both are part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimated that Medicaid expansion would have covered an additional 139,000 peole, and would have added billions to the state’s economy and would have raised the standard of living by “reducing the burden of uncompensated care for providers, taxpayers, and the privately insured.”….
…Slater, who has primary opponents in Robert Gray and Valerie Short, said expanding Medicaid is one of the first things she would do if elected. Short, an OB-GYN from Ridgeland, also said she would expand Medicaid. About all I know about Gray is he’s a retired firefighter.