The failure of Congress to replace Obamacare – at least so far – may boost long-shot bids to expand Medicaid in other states.
Idaho and South Dakota toyed with expansion but abandoned it once Trump, who promised to repeal Obamacare, was elected. Both governors were hopeful something could be worked out but faced opposition from the legislature. Those efforts could be revived now that a repeal isn’t imminent.
In Maine, the legislature passed Medicaid expansion five times – only to be vetoed by GOP Gov. LePage, prompting residents to take matters into their own hands. Voters will decide the issue in November.