The Obama administration sought to recruit city leaders Monday in the ongoing battle to expand Medicaid nationwide.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged attendees at the National League of Cities' annual legislative forum to join in the administration's ongoing push to convince Republican governors to expand their Medicaid programs, as called for by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“As CEOs of cities, we hope the question of whether the costs outweigh the benefits will be a conversation that you will be actively involved in,” Sebelius said.
Sebelius characterized governors who are refusing the expansion as “playing politics” because they were opposed to the underlying 2010 federal healthcare overhaul. That law envisioned using a national Medicaid expansion to provide coverage to about half of the 30 million people who were expected to gain insurance under its provisions.