Skip to main content

Mississippi Governor Opposes 'Socialist' Obamacare While Uninsured Numbers Grow In His State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant expressed his anger on June 25 about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to keep subsidies available for Americans who live in states where Affordable Care Act exchanges have not been set up.

Those citizens are able to purchase private insurance coverage with subsidies via the federally funded health care exchange website.

According to The Associated Press, the Supreme Court decision means about 75,000 people in Mississippi will be able to keep their subsidies to buy private health insurance, which infuriated the Republican governor.

Bryant said in a statement on his website:

"Today’s decision does not change the fact that Obamacare is a socialist takeover of health care forced down the throats of the American people without proper review, and it does not slow the massive and unprecedented transfer of wealth that is at the heart of the subsidy system."

Obamacare, the name often given to President Barack Obama's heath care reform program, is not socialized health care, but rather a set of federal guidelines for private health insurance.

The Huffington Post reported in 2014 that Bryant and state Republicans took $1.3 billion out of the state school system over a period of six years, but gave $1.3 billion in corporate tax breaks to car manufacturer Nissan.

Bryant voiced no opposition to this massive wealth transfer and corporate subsidies.

On June 25, Bryant added:

"Make no mistake — Obamacare is not about helping those in need or improving health care delivery. It is about destabilizing our health care system, ceding more control to centralized government and replacing individual liberty with government dependence."

Bryant could not name a specific instance of any liberty being replaced. Nor did he mention that the number of uninsured Americans under Obamacare is now at the lowest rate since 1999, reported UPI in March.

Bryant promised to continue to oppose any state exchange for the Affordable Care Act, even though his state has seen an increase in uninsured residents:

"Mississippi was right, as were numerous other states, not to willingly entrench Obamacare by establishing a state-based exchange, and I will continue to resist any efforts that attempt to shove Obamacare deeper into this state."

Bryant has also refused to expand Medicaid to low-income resident in his state via Obamacare.

In 2014, when he was confronted with a WalletHub report about the rising number of uninsured Mississippians, which increased by 3.34 percent, Bryant blamed the increase on Obamacare, which he blocked.

"If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama," Bryant told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Bryant did not provide any proof to back up his claim.

Mississippi News Now reported in 2014 that the number of uninsured in the state increased based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and stood at about 500,000.

Sources:, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, UPI, WalletHub, Associated Press, The Huffington Post, Mississippi News Now
Image Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture


Popular Video