Both the Medicaid expansion and the exchanges don’t kick in until 2014, meaning states technically have some breathing room before they need to make a final decision. But governors who've agreed to take the expansion accused their more taciturn colleagues of playing election-year politics at the expense of taxpayers.
‘‘It’s not only irresponsible, it’s disingenuous,’’ Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a news conference organized by Democratic governors. ‘‘To say ‘I'm going to criticize the plan, but I won’t tell you whether I'm taking the loot until after the election,’ that’s what breeds cynicism in the American people.’’
Shumlin didn’t back down even when reminded that some Democrats too are taking the wait-and-see approach, including Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.
‘‘I believe my comments should apply to every governor in the nation, on a bipartisan basis,’’ Shumlin said.
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