Abrams said expansion of Medicaid would create 56,000 jobs over the next seven years, which is almost the same number of jobs 19 KIA plants would generate.
Abrams said a compromise between Democrats and Republicans may be possible, as shown by recent developments in other Southern states. On his first day as governor of Louisiana, Democrat John Edwards signed an executive order to expand Medicaid for working families in his state. Virginia’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, also announced his plan to push for Medicaid expansion.
“The governor of Alabama has acknowledged they may need to expand Medicaid. The Southern states, which have been the last to adopt Medicaid expansion, realize they can’t afford not to,” said Abrams.
In his State of the State address on Wednesday, Deal said expanding Medicaid would still be too costly for Georgia. The governor said the state would have to spend $2.1 million of the 2017 budget “just to turn in the paper work” that would be required.