BY NEW JERSEY POLICY PERSPECTIVE
One of the hallmark pieces of the sweeping federal health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act is the expansion of Medicaid to cover millions of low-income Americans. But when the U.S. Supreme Court kept the health law mostly intact in June, it allowed states to choose whether or not to accept the Medicaid expansion provision.
Some Republican governors have been openly hostile to the idea, mainly for partisan reasons.
Here in New Jersey, Gov. Christie has at times suggested there's no need to expand Medicaid and at other times played coy, while some Republican legislators have also questioned whether the state should expand Medicaid - even though the law requires that the federal government pick up almost all the cost.
But there is no question New Jersey needs to accept the Medicaid expansion - it would be a boon to the state's uninsured, and it's taxpayers. For a quick rundown of the top nine reasons, check out the new fact sheet we prepared with our allies in the NJ For Health Care coalition.