On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared his state would fight President Obama’s health-care overhaul by refusing to expand Medicaid or set up one-stop insurance exchanges — calling them “brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.” He joined a growing group of outspoken Republican governors, including Rick Scott of Florida, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who have vowed to resist the Affordable Care Act since the Supreme Court upheld it in late June. Will defying Obama’s reform effort pay off? Here, a look at why the GOP governors might end up regretting wading into this fight:
Texas will lose out on $70 billion in federal money over six years if it opts out of the Medicaid expansion, according to Texas Well and Healthy, a coalition of ObamaCare supporters. “Our economy would benefit from this infusion, and our stretched health-care system needs the boost,” Eileen Garcia, who participates in the coalition as chief executive of Texans Care for Children, tells The New York Times. Not only that, says Suzy Khimm at The Washington Post, but state and local governments have to shell out $10.5 billion for uncompensated care at hospitals each year, according to the Urban Institute. Expanding Medicaid would mean many of those bills for the uninsured would be covered, so it might “save states” that money.
4 reasons Rick Perry may regret battling ObamaCare