A lot of money is being left on the table by the states that are not expanding Medicaid at this time. Don Taylor has the details at Same Facts:
According to an analysis I have done using Kaiser Family Foundation data–in 2016 alone–the 24 expanding states will receive $30.3 Billion additional federal dollars, while those not expanding will forego an additional $35.0 Billion they could have had (the fence sitters have an aggregate $15.2 Billion at stake in 2016).
Ten billion here, ten billion there, and sooner or later, we’re talking about some real money. This is why I think by the end of the decade at least 46 states will take Medicaid expansion funds even if they go the private option route like Arkansas or find some other way of not calling it an Obamacare funded Medicaid expansion.