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Battle Over Obamacare
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Feb 6, 2018

Sum-Up: The Latest in the GOP War on Obamacare

This is our second health care reporter’s sum-up, a weekly series for TPM Prime. This weekend, at their annual party retreat, Republican lawmakers admitted openly what we’ve long suspected: With the midterm elections looming, Congress will not be able to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare in 2018. That means that most major policy changes will happen on the state level, and the past week had no shortage of news. The Trump administration gave Indiana the green light to impose work requirements, premiums, and a 90-day lockout provision on its Medicaid population. This announcement follows a similar one in Kentucky. Indiana’s HHS waiver is expected to kick tens of thousands of people off of Medicaid. Meanwhile, Idaho has decided to flout the Affordable Care Act. The state announced that it will allow health insurance companies to sell plans that violate the ACA’s regulations — for example, plans that exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions, or that charge sick people higher premiums. Some experts say the state’s…

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