Bevin would eliminate Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion

Republican candidate for governor Matt Bevin said he would undo the expansion of the state’s Medicaid system, a move that would take away health insurance from nearly 400,000 people.

Bevin is the first candidate to promise this, ensuring the Affordable Care Act will play a prominent role as four Republicans try to woo the state’s conservative voters ahead of the May 19th primary.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear expanded the state’s Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Since then, nearly 400,000 newly eligible people have enrolled in the government-funded health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Beshear touted a study earlier this month that showed the expansion would generate $30 billion of economic impact and create 40,000 jobs.

But Bevin lamented the fact that 25 percent of the state’s population is now on Medicaid, calling it unsustainable.

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