Medicaid expansion would be good for poor — and Georgia
In the health care debates of recent months, we have seen people with disabilities, families of children with chronic conditions, seniors, people in recovery from opioid addiction, and others stand together to advocate against congressional proposals that would have made unconscionable cuts to Medicaid and repealed major provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
These advocates have thus far been successful because they have resisted efforts to pit one group against another and instead persevered with the shared understanding that all Americans rise or fall together on the strength of our health system.
Now that efforts to dismantle Medicaid and the ACA have hit a wall, our state has the opportunity to follow this example by working collectively to strengthen the health system for everyone by ensuring all Georgians have health care coverage.
There are an estimated 300,000 to 600,000 Georgians who are stuck in the state’s coverage gap because they do not qualify for Medicaid and are too poor to buy health insurance through the ACA’s insurance exchange.
Expanding our state’s Medicaid program, as 31 other states have done, would mean that these friends and