Mississippians have, like citizens in many Southern states, argued for a long time over the question of Medicaid expansion. The arguments run the gamut from financial to moral to philosophical to purely political and usually intensely partisan.

The debate continues in 2023, a courthouse-to-statehouse election year in the state. In the wake of the Dobbs abortion case decision by the Supreme Court, the current debate has focused on increasing postpartum Medicaid care for mothers from the present 60 days to one year. In the state with the highest rate of infant mortality in the country and as the originating state for the Dobbs anti-abortion decision, an expansion of Medicaid for this purpose more than makes sense.

Sid Salter is a syndicated columnist. Contact him at sidsalter@sidsalter.com.

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