The Affordable Care Act narrowly escaped a judicial decision that would have shrunk its reach Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled the IRS could continue distributing insurance subsidies nationwide. Now, with the law no longer under an immediate meaningful threat of repeal, some are looking to stretch Obamacare further.
Specifically, governors in several states are renewing their push to expand Medicaid, hoping to bring the federal low-income health insurance program to more of their state's residents.
"It is ... a clear sign that now is the time to drop cynical efforts to prevent families from accessing care that will make their lives better," Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote in a statement. "With this issue decided, I hope we can now put partisan politics aside and help 400,000 Virginians get access to health care by bringing our taxpayer dollars home to close the coverage gap."
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, was even more blunt: "Now it's important that we continue to work toward Medicaid expansion, so more Alaskans can receive the health coverage they need."
And Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon said: "It is important to note that there are hundreds of thousands more Missourians who continue to be denied access to affordable health care due to the Missouri legislature's inaction on Medicaid."