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Battle Over Obamacare
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Mar 6, 2018

Sum-Up: The Health Care Tug Of War On The State And Federal Level

New polls show that, when it comes to health care, voters are most worried about rising costs heading into the 2018 midterms, and plan to hold Republicans responsible for them. Amid these concerns, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are readying a final push to pass an Obamacare stabilization bill that is aimed at lowering premiums in the individual market. There is no guarantee they’ll get it done; even if they do, it’s unclear how far a federal reinsurance program could go in reversing the damage to the market that has already been caused by a host of Trump administration policies. A few state leaders, including some of the same governors that once tried to get the Affordable Care Act thrown out as unconstitutional, may be hopping on the stabilization bandwagon as well. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a bill this past week that would pour $200 million dollars into stabilizing his state’s ACA market; his office estimates the money will lower insurance…

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