Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) is not a fan of Obamacare. His state refused to expand Medicaid, and he’s refused to encourage enrolling in private coverage through Healthcare.gov. So is it any surprise at all to find that Byrant blames President Barack Obama from the reported increase in uninsured Mississippians?
Talking Points Memo reports that Bryant directed the blame at Obama in response to a question about a WalleHub study showing an increase in the number of uninsured Mississippians. The study found that number had increased by 3.34% to 21.46% of Mississippi’s population. Bryant, meanwhile, blamed it on the “ill-conceived” and “so-called” Affordable Care Act:
“If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama,” Bryant said.
An estimated 137,800 people in Mississippi were left uncovered by health insurance because the state did not expand Medicaid.
Mississippi Democrats pounced on Bryant’s comments.
“It is sad how many out there need health care who are not getting it. I hear from them every day. We ought to be ashamed of ourselves for not taking the federal money to expand Medicaid,” state Rep. Steve Holland (D) said.