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Opposition to Obamacare Shows Signs of Weakening

(This article originally appeared in the Stateside Dispatch, Progressive States Network's email roundup of the latest state policy news. Sign up to receive the Dispatch in your inbox here.)

With a Supreme Court decision and a presidential election now come and gone, conservatives in many states seem to be having second thoughts about their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, progressive lawmakers in Iowa and Michigan signaled they were set to introduce legislation on Medicaid expansion:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently joined conservative counterparts in New Mexico, Nevada, and North Dakota in expressing her support for expanding Medicaid. [New York Times]

A "growing split" is emerging among opponents of Obamacare in Mississippi as state officials debate implementing exchanges. [Kaiser Health News]

Forty-seven of the fifty states have already received or applied for federal funds to modernize Medicaid enrollment systems. [The Hill]

A new poll showed majorities of voters in Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Texas favor expanding Medicaid. [ACS CAN]

Ohio faith leaders are pressuring Gov. John Kasich to expand Medicaid. [ThinkProgress]

Michigan State Rep. Andy Schor introduced a resolution calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to expand Medicaid. [Eclectablog]

Iowa State Sen. Jack Hatch signaled a bill would be introduced next week to direct his state to expand Medicaid. [Des Moines Register]

 

Read the full Dispatch from January 26, 2013 here.