A local legislator and state Democratic leader pushed back Wednesday against claims by Gov. Phil Bryant that Democrats are willing to kill Medicaid in Mississippi in an attempt to force expansion of the program.
“That’s absolutely disingenuous of the governor,” said District 53 Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, Wednesday morning in a phone interview.
Bryant took his anti-Medicaid expansion message out of the capital and into Moak’s backyard last week, touring a Brookhaven nursing home and then meeting with The Daily Leader editorial board for an interview.
The 2013 legislative session ended without a bill to authorize the state Medicaid program past June 30. The Democratic minority successfully blocked renewal of the program in an attempt to leverage a vote on expanding the Medicaid rolls as called for under the Affordable Care Act (often dubbed “Obamacare”)
Moak, one of Lincoln County’s two state representatives and the state House Democratic caucus leader, dismissed Bryant’s criticism that Democrats have adopted an all-nothing attitude in regarding the expansion of Medicaid.