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Since the short-lived HealthCare.gov website meltdown last fall, conventional wisdom has held that Obamacare is a political loser for Democrats -- that whenever the Affordable Care Act comes up, Democrats running for office should quickly change the subject. That conventional wisdom is wrong. Not only is going on offense on health care good politics; it's a moral necessity. And Medicaid is the place to start.

The Mississippi House voted Thursday against expanding Medicaid to more than 230,000 uninsured working poor residents.

Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, pushed for expansion as the House considered House Bill 1481, an early version of the Medicaid budget for the year that begins July 1.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers appear unlikely to do an about-face and vote to expand Medicaid this year.

Leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate say they still oppose expansion of the program, even with the federal government paying most of the cost in the first few years. They're backed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who fears Mississippi could be stuck with a huge health care bill if the federal government backtracks on funding.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, says he doesn't want to expand Medicaid because Obamacare, he argues, might be repealed or altered in a way that forces states to pay the cost.

After weeks of protesting outside the Gold Dome, Moral Monday activists today took their message urging Gov. Nathan Deal to expand Medicaid inside the Georgia Capitol.

Nearly 40 Moral Monday Georgia activists today were arrested for interrupting proceedings throughout the Georgia Capitol in an effort to urge Gov. Nathan Deal to expand Medicaid - and block legislation that would strip him of the authority to do so.

Today is the fourth birthday of the Affordable Care Act. Strictly speaking, this is not news, but a predictable, calendar-based event.

Rather like a Legislature in Georgia passing a gun bill in an election year. You can nearly set your watch by it.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) unveiled a new health care plan on Wednesday, promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act and offer real conservative alternatives to President Obama’s health care proposal. But the initiative, which borrows heavily from GOP plans introduced over the last 20 years, would cause millions of Americans to lose their existing health care plans, exposing Jindal to the very same criticism he has deployed against Obama.

Virginia State Senator Frank M. Ruff’s (R) ardent opposition to the Medicaid expansion offered to the states under the Affordable Care Act took a new turn on Tuesday. Ruff confirmed to ThinkProgress that he “compared reliance on promised funds to provide health insurance for thousands of low-income Virginians to a ‘tar baby,’” a statement that was first reported in the Virginian-Pilot.

Florida lawmakers may vote to spend millions of dollars to encourage sick people to use local health care services — just not the hundreds of thousands of poor and uninsured people who actually live in the Sunshine State.

On Tuesday evening, the Georgia legislature approved two anti-Obamacare measures that will block state residents’ access to insurance. One of the measures, HB 990, will strip Gov. Nathan Deal (R) of his authority to expand Medicaid, leaving 600,000 of the poorest Georgians without affordable health care options. The second will make it more difficult for residents to get the information they need about enrolling in new plans under Obamacare.

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