It appears that Governor-elect Abbott is considering some form of Medicaid expansion. If this is indeed the case, it is incredibly good news for Texas. Rick Perry’s rejection of Medicaid expansion was petulant and extremely damaging to the state.

The cost of expansion to the state is miniscule (mainly covering administrative costs for the feds), while the benefits are potentially huge. If Abbott and other state leaders can find a way to move forward with some form of expansion, Texas could realize benefits that could run into billions of dollars. It is the bargain of the century and it would be foolish for Texas to miss this opportunity.