The presidential campaigns are rolling on to South Carolina, where about 20% of adults are in fair or poor health and where the number of the uninsured is higher than the national rate. The state, notably, has not expanded Medicaid.
Democratic candidates are likely to note that 160,000 residents could be covered under expansion and that the federal government is poised to extend the offer to cover all costs of expansion for the first three years.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who came in second for the Republicans in New Hampshire, stands out as the only Republican governor on the trail who expanded Medicaid during his time in office.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, boosted by his big win over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, has shown no signs of backing down on his single-payer healthcare proposal, despite criticism from his primary opponent and the Republican candidates.