It goes without saying that next weeks’ elections are going to have some effect on the make up of the State Senate, which has been an area more friendly to the Governor’s proposals over the past two sessions than the House of Representatives might have been.
And how much more friendly it is after next Tuesday may determine if there’s a special session for Medicaid expansion… or not.
If conservatives take a great number of the seats in play, this summer might be the most hospitable time for the Governor to attempt to pass some sort of Medicaid reform package. If it ends up being a general wash… then he might let it ride, and save the fistfight until next session.
The problem is, the concept of providing coverage to able-bodied adults isn’t overwhelmingly popular among the Republican rank and file, and already might be a nigh-impossible sell. Imagine it being tried in a far less hospitable political climate?
Not exactly odds you want to play. You might be damned if you do, damned if you don’t, anyway.
To Special Session, or not to Special Session. That’s the question.