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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Report: Texas governor considering Obamacare expansion

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Texas, the biggest holdout, may be moving toward an Arkansas-style adoption of the Obamacare-financed Medicaid expansion.

Incoming Gov. Greg Abbott has told Texas legislators that he's interested in the Medicaid expansion undertaken in Utah, modeled along the lines of Arkansas's so-called private option expansion.

The big question: Will Arkansas stick with Obamacare in 2015? Incoming Gov. Asa Hutchinson still hasn't declared his support.

I wrote yesterday that it would be irresponsible for Asa Hutchinson to pass his whopping income tax cut without assuring passage of private option continuation and its big federal contribution first. I doubt he'll listen to my advice. But at a minimum, Democrats should demand he at least express his support for the private option before he's given an income tax cut that the state can't afford without the private option money.

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