The New York Times (6/30, Pear, Cooper, Subscription Publication) reports Republican leaders “in more than a half-dozen states” said Friday that “they opposed expanding Medicaid or had serious doubts about it, even though the federal government would pick up all the costs in the first few years and at least 90 percent of the expenses after that.” That could mean “millions of poor people could still be left without medical insurance under the national healthcare law” if those states “decide not to expand their Medicaid programs.”
Politico (6/29, Epstein) reports Govs. Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, Bobby Jindal, Robert McDonnell, and Rick Perry “all responded to the Supreme Court’s decision by saying they’ll keep fighting.” Jindal said on a Republican National Committee conference call, “Here in Louisiana, look, we refused to set up the exchange. We’re not going to start implementing ObamaCare.” The Hill (6/29, Viebeck) reports McDonnell said on the same call that “their focus was on the election.” McDonnell told the Washington Post (6/30, Tumulty, Vozzella), “I think there’s a fair bet that if there’s a new president — and I hope there will be — that this policy will not stand.”
The Miami Herald (6/30, Mitchell) reports that Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he has no intention of implementing the healthcare law “because he believes it is bad policy and too costly.” Scott told reporters “he was still considering his options” after the ruling, but said hours later on Fox News that “he believes the law should be repealed, hopefully by a new president elected in November. But even if that doesn’t happen, he said, Florida will not set up a health-insurance exchange or participate in an expansion of Medicaid.” The Herald points out Scott joins “Rick Perry of Texas, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin” in “fighting the law and supporting” Mitt Romney.