Medicaid expansion proponents say they will go after legislative seats this election year to win support in the 2017 legislative session.
Minority Democrats protested budget cuts they say outpace Wyoming’s shrinking mineral revenue, saying Republicans are overreacting to the energy downturn.
The House and Senate budget bills introduced this week exclude Medicaid expansion, one of Gov. Matt Mead’s signature budget items, and rely instead on a patchwork of health care measures.
Rep. Harlan Edmonds (R-Cheyenne) wasted no time in the 2016 legislative session before introducing measures that would free Wyomingites from the judiciary’s “undue concentrations of despotic power”, from elected officials without term limits, and from the state’s onerous inseperability from the United States of America.
Legislators are bemoaning a terrible budget outlook while refusing to consider the hundreds of millions of dollars that would stream in to Wyoming coffers with Medicaid expansion.