In Mississippi, more than 400,000 children are on Medicaid. Another 175,000 on Medicaid are disabled or blind. A total of 25 percent of the state’s population is covered by Medicaid.
If the state loses some of its federal Medicaid funding, fewer Mississippians will have access to healthcare through Medicaid. That includes many Mississippians who are no doubt Republicans and support the legislation currently being crafted by a Republican-controlled Senate.
That’s the funny thing about Mississippi. We are a state full of small government conservatives, but we also can’t wean ourselves off the federal government’s money. We like the idea of smaller government and deficit reductions, but in reality, we really like Uncle Sam’s handouts.