Palazzo opposes expansion of Miss. Medicaid

South Mississippi’s Republican congressman, Steven Palazzo, says Mississippi should not expand Medicaid to cover more people under the federal health care overhaul.

Speaking to constituents Tuesday at luncheon in Hattiesburg, Palazzo said he agrees with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant that the state can’t afford to expand Medicaid, even with the federal government paying the full cost of expansion the first five years and most of the cost in following years.

Palazzo was elected to Congress in 2010, after President Barack Obama had signed the Affordable Care Act. Palazzo opposes the law and says people should take better care of themselves.