A new Kaiser Family Foundation/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health poll finds that strong majorities of Americans consider implementing Obamacare’s statewide insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion either a “top” or “important” priority for their state:
Americans increasingly embrace Obamacare as it is implemented. Although public sentiment on the landmark reform law was ambivalent as it was being debated in Congress, Americans have consistently supported its individual provisions, and support for fully repealing the law plunged to an all-time low after the presidential election. And House Republicans can’t find any co-sponsors for their latest Obamacare repeal bills now that the president is beginning his second term.
But GOP governors don’t seem to have gotten the memo. Only four Republican governors have expressed support for expanding their states’ Medicaid programs, while the vast majority — including those representing some of America’s poorest and least-insured states — have refused to participate in the expansion, despite the fact that expanding Medicaid will actually save states billions of dollars. The outlook for the Obamacare insurance exchanges is also grim, with as many as half of U.S. states refusing to set up their own exchanges, deferring instead to the federal government.