Mother Jones: Obama Has a Plan to Expand Medicaid in Red States—by Weakening It

Mother Jones: Obama Has a Plan to Expand Medicaid in Red States—by Weakening It

By Kevin Drum

One of the Affordable Care Act’s major provisions sought to expand the number of people covered by Medicaid by allowing people earning up to 138 percent of the poverty line to enroll.

But in many parts of the country, it hasn’t worked out that way. Individual states are largely responsible for running Medicaid, and despite the act’s generous terms—the federal government promised to initially cover 100 percent of the cost, then 90 percent after 2016—only 29 states have taken the deal. Of the holdouts, most are conservative states with Republican governors where Obama is unpopular. Read the full article here. »

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