At 11:00 this morning, the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women will hold a press conference at the Capitol in support of expanding Medicaid in the Peach State. A press release from the Cobb Democratic Women says,
Governor Deal has claimed that it is too expensive to expand Medicaid. However, the expansion of Medicaid comes at a very minimal cost to Georgia–it is fully funded by the Federal Government the first year, and then 90% covered by the Federal Government for the next 10 years.
Despite the pressure, the Governor is unlikely to yield. A recent post on his Facebook page said,
Gov. Deal remains opposed to expanding Medicaid. “Georgia cannot afford billions in spending over the next 10 years,” Deal said. “We are a state that balances our budget and one of the few states to have a growing rainy day fund. We must continue practicing common sense fiscal responsibility.”
Speaking to the Gwinnett GOP at a recent breakfast, Governor Deal was asked about the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. While he acknowledged the federal government’s promise to pay most of the costs, he also noted that this promise came from the same people who said, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
As National Review’s Jim Geraghty says, All of President Obama’s promises come with an expiration date.