Bruce Japsen at Forbes makes a very good point.
Medicaid expansion will be on the ballot again as the referendums to pass Expansion succeeded in three very red states this year: Utah, Idaho and Nebraska.
The Fairness project says at least six states could become targets for Medicaid expansion ballot initiatives in 2020 thought the group says it’s not ready to announce any campaigns.
“Right now we think those states include Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Wyoming,” the group said.
The big Expansion hold-outs are Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. An initiative process to get Medicaid Expansion passed in Florida would be a big deal. If you are looking for something political to do and want to avoid the pie fighting of primary season, helping out with signature collection and organizing for Expansion may be the thing for you.
Brilliant idea. I am all in.
I love Medicaid Expansion being on the ballot. I really think that they should add Georgia to that list.
Not every state allows citizen initiated referenda. Florida does, but I am not sure about Georgia.
So, how do we get started in NC? What needs to be done to get the wheels in motion? What can *I* do? I, who am just a lowly, unconnected, fully-employed, citizen?
O. Felix Culpa
@Jerry: You might want to contact the Fairness Project about getting involved. You’d be doing the lord’s work in NC!
This was the Republican’s biggest nightmare: people would start wanting it! They would think it was a good idea!
Another in a series of Democratic proposals being highly popular when presented for a vote. This year in Missouri, we passed increased minimum wage, medical marijuana, non-partisan redistricting, and kicked the hell out of the legislature’s right-to-work law. Bring on Medicaid expansion. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s a winner.
Texas has no initiative and referendum process. Any medicaid expansion would have to come through the state legislature. Honestly I’m shocked that they are still giving up so many bllions of dollars that would flow to the state’s hospitals and help maintain rural ones in deep red rural parts of the state. But I guess there is no accounting for the sheer vile evil that is the modern GOP.
After a long long wait, Virginia has Medicaid expansion, although it may not be the expansion people imagined. For one thing, there will be some sort of work requirement, although it may not be as barbarous as that crafted (hiss, spit) in Arkansas. Report in tonight’s Virginia Mercury, for more: https://www.virginiamercury.com/2018/11/27/after-some-adjustments-federal-government-takes-over-virginias-medicaid-work-requirement-application/?fbclid=IwAR0FeNclSgTcp2FLAHsRnNkpd1_0xy0mNfj-EvOB-sXsFXPe_DEO9YgfXaU