Harrison – Gauging how far government needs to go

The current Medicaid debate leads to the question of how much government is too much government. Answering that question – at least as it relates to Medicaid – has been difficult for Mississippians.

It took a special legislative session that ran from July 22 to Oct. 11 in 1969 for the state to opt into the original federal Medicaid program, being one of the last states in the nation to do so.

Then-Gov. John Bell Williams, who voted against the inception of the Medicaid program when a member of the U.S. Congress, and was elected governor in part by railing against the overreaching power of the federal government, led Mississippi’s efforts in 1969 to opt into the program.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
6/19