Another Republican governor has found a way to accept millions of dollars in federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage without calling it Obamacare. On Thursday morning, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced a plan that's expected to cover at least 350,000 more people using a state program. The plan still has to be approved, but this is a good thing to have on your resume if you're thinking of maybe running for president in 2016.
Like a lot of red state Medicaid alternatives, Pence's plan requires more cost sharing from enrollees. As Jason Millman at The Washington Post explains, those earning under the poverty level have the option of paying a small monthly premium, or being dropped to a basic level of coverage. Those above the poverty level have a pay or premium, or they'll be dropped from the program (the full plan is available here).
This is a win for everyone. Every time a Republican governor follows in Arkansas's footsteps with a conservative alternative, is makes a better case for Medicaid-friendly officials in other states like Texas and Florida. And — assuming the Obama administration approves the proposal — low income Indiana residents will finally have access to low cost health insurance.