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New Governor Will Determine the Fate of Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky

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    Kentucky heads to the polls tomorrow and the winner of the race will very likely determine whether the state keeps it's Medicaid expansion or whether to get rid of it. Steve Beshear, the current Democratic governor, expanded Medicaid under fierce opposition from the Republican party in the state.

    Jack Conway, the current State Attorney General and Democratic nominee for Governor, has promised to stick with Medicaid expansion, but his rival, businessman Matt Bevin, has promised to do away with Medicaid expansion if he were to be elected.

    So this means the election will have very real consequences for the state of Kentucky. If the voters choose Bevin then thousands of Kentuckians may find themselves without medical coverage in the very near future and if the voters choose Conway then they are sending a clear signal they want to keep things as they already are.

    It will be interesting to see where this goes on Tuesday. Polls are showing Conway with a small lead, but anything can happen in politics.

    I'm interested to see if anyone living in Kentucky has an opinion on the race. Anyone can chime in, but it would be nice to hear from someone with skin in the game.

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    Well, turns out Bevin wins decidedly - 53% to 44%. This win doesn't surprise me given Kentucky's voting history, but it does make me wonder about seemingly voting against one's own interests.

    It's my understanding that it's in the state's best interest to accept Medicaid budgets and expansions. And only if and when a GOP majority finds some way to debunk Obamacare, then my question is "why fight the extra funds that will actually help people in need?".

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    J.K.Logic Wrote:

    Well, turns out Bevin wins decidedly - 53% to 44%. This win doesn't surprise me given Kentucky's voting history, but it does make me wonder about seemingly voting against one's own interests.

    I'm actually pretty surprised it was that big of a margin. I thought that it was going to be close and that it was anyone's guess who would win. I definitely didn't think he would win by 9 percentage points. That's what happens when voter turnout is as low as it was in Kentucky yesterday.

    J.K.Logic Wrote: It's my understanding that it's in the state's best interest to accept Medicaid budgets and expansions. And only if and when a GOP majority finds some way to debunk Obamacare, then my question is "why fight the extra funds that will actually help people in need?".

    I couldn't agree more. I worry about the thousands of people who have health insurance for the first time in their life and how it may be stripped away from them because of politics. It's just sad.