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House Democrats Block Medicaid Bill Second Time

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 01 Apr 2013 03:16pm | comments

Mississippi's Democratic representatives are again blocking a $840 million dollar Medicaid spending bill in an attempt to force Medicaid expansion.

The bill failed to pass the house for the second time on Monday, coming up 3 votes short.

 Before the vote, House appropriations chairman Herb Frierson of Poplarville gave an emotional speech begging representatives to pass the bill.

 “And I am making a very special appeal to my committee and the chairmen of my committee to pick me up...Let’s see if we can pass it one more time,”

 A number of members of the house are prevented from voting because of their connection to the health care industry, a fact that makes the spending bill a very tight vote for the Republican leadership.

Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn says defeating the spending bill is a waste of time, because Medicaid expansion will not pass the House.

“The fact of the matter is it can’t pass on this end. It is a three-fifths vote. If there is an expansion in the bill the Republicans are not going to vote for it. It’s a futile exercise, that is my point, there is no way it can pass.”

 The Medicaid program is set to expire June 30th.

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