One of the terms of the Affordable Care Act is for governors to decide whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage to 138% of the poverty level. State Representative Jack Draxler, R-District 3, says he opposes this and believes there is something more important. It is a so-called doughnut hole where there is a gap of people not covered by Obamacare.
“We would rather approach that than expand the coverage beyond the poverty level,” Draxler says. “So 100% of the poverty level, 110% of the poverty level is palatable. But 138% is simply not doable in the long term, in my opinion.
“So let’s address the doughnut hole where even the Affordable Care Act doesn’t cover some folks and puts them in a very difficult situation.”
Draxler was a guest on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_01_13_328_17913_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program on January 10</a>. Rep. Redd appeared on the same program <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_01_10_328_17839_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>on January 9</a>. On Tuesday, Rep. Curt Webb, R-District 5, will appear on Crosstalk. He will be followed on Wednesday by Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-District 1, and then Rep. Lee Perry, R-District 29, on Thursday. Crosstalk airs on KVNU 610 AM/102.1 FM from 9:10-9:35 a.m.