Anti-ObamaCare GOP governors collect $400M in health grants

Anti-ObamaCare GOP governors collect $400M in health grants
© Greg Nash

Four anti-ObamaCare governors who are likely gunning for the White House in 2016 have quietly received nearly $400 million in grants under the law, federal records show.

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The Republican governors — Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — have all spent much of their tenures working to undo the healthcare law. All four have refused to help the rollout of the law, leaving federal officials to launch ObamaCare exchanges on their own in their states.

But a review of records by Reuters shows that the four states have received a windfall of federal dollars under programs created or expanded under ObamaCare.

Walker, Jindal and Perry have been the fiercest critics of the law. In addition to refusing state exchanges, all three have refused to expand the eligibility for Medicaid out of opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

The Medicaid expansion, which is part of ObamaCare, would have paid states to allow millions more low-income people to sign up for coverage. The three Republican governors have refused and continued to argue that ObamaCare should be repealed.

Perry, who left office in January, applied for and won at least $150 million in grants — the most of any of the four governors.