The waivers announced in November are intended to ease this state into a posture supporters say will help lower the number of people here who lack health insurance. Estimates have put this group’s size at nearly 500,000 people in Georgia.
As expected, even given a mutual recognition of the need to reduce these ranks, the political battles over how best to do it continue unabated. Conservatives say that full Medicaid expansion is unaffordable. Progressives point out that, by not doing so, Georgians’ federal tax dollars are helping subsidize other states to do just that.