By Dave Boyer, The Washington Times
The White House stepped up its effort Thursday night to shame more Republican governors into accepting an expansion of Medicaid rolls, calling on Florida and Louisiana to add more than 1 million uninsured residents under Obamacare.
“We should be about putting people over politics,” said presidential adviser David Simas. “It is reckless that some governors are so determined to see that the health care law not succeed, that they have even refused to expand Medicaid coverage for millions upon millions of working families.”
President Obama will fly Friday to both states, although his damage-control push for Obamacare isn’t the only reason for the trip. In Louisiana, he’ll visit the Port of New Orleans to call attention to the need to increase U.S. exports.
A total of 25 states have blocked the administration’s effort to cover more of the uninsured through Medicaid. The federal government is offering to pick up 100 percent of the tab for the first three years and 90 percent thereafter.