Governor Deal is also likely to reject the expansion of Medicaid in the state. That’s a key part of the law, too, but the Supreme Court allowed states to opt out of that. At first, the Medicaid expansion would be 100 percent federally funded, and then funded later at 90 percent (if I have my numbers right). So the state government would have to pay relatively little for the dramatic expansion of insurance to low income Georgians. But if we reject that expansion out of principle, keep in mind that Georgia taxpayers’ federal taxes will at the same time be supporting Medicaid expansion in other states.
I’m going to bet that the Affordable Care Act is going to become significantly more popular now that Americans are increasingly focused on the law’s practical effects.