Alabama: The reddest of the red might actually (gasp) HELP 139K residents??
Alabama's Republican governor says he is considering expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare in his state.
"We are looking at that,” Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. “We have not made a final decision on that yet, exactly how that would work.”
Bentley indicated that expanding Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, could help get more doctors into rural parts of the state.
"I am concerned about the plight of the working poor,” he said. “If doctors are not paid for seeing those patients, doctors will not go to rural Alabama, because you can't expect a doctor to go to rural Alabama and lose money.”
Gee, ya think? Still, I'll take it...
If Alabama did expand Medicaid, it would be a significant turning point in bringing expansion into the Deep South, where, so far, the Republican leadership has rejected it.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest estimates, around 139,000 Alabamanians (Alabamans?) are currently caught in the Medicaid Gap who would become eligible for the program if the state did cave on expansion.