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Head of Jackson-based think tank speaks in Hattiesburg

Forest Thigpen, president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Forest Thigpen, president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

With the possibility of a special legislative session on Medicaid just around the corner, the head of a Jackson-based, non-partisan think tank is reiterating his opposition to expanding that program. Forest Thigpen, the president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, says expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act would be a costly mistake for Mississippi.

Thigpen spoke to Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday morning.

Governor Phil Bryant is expected to call a special session on Medicaid before the program runs out of money on June 30th. Democrats say they want a debate on expanding coverage to 300,000 citizens. But, Republicans say the state can't afford it.

"The reason that we have been opposed to Medicaid expansion is because our entitlement programs are already beyond sustainable," said Thigpen. "Federal and state entitlement programs are going to bankrupt our state eventually, if we don't put some curbs on it," he said.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy is in its 20th year.

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