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Battle Over Obamacare
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May 1, 2018

This Week In The Battle Over Obamacare: Medicaid For Me And Not For Thee

Last November, Mainers overwhelmingly voted in favor of a ballot measure that would expand Medicaid. Until now, the state’s firebrand Republican Governor Paul LePage has successfully blocked the expansion by simply ignoring his constituents and refusing to move forward on its implementation. The standoff may soon have to end: On Monday, a group of health-care advocates in the state sued LePage, saying his foot-dragging is directly harming the 80,000 low-income people who were supposed to be eligible to enroll in Medicaid this year. Because LePage is term-limited and cannot be reelected this fall, his stonewalling can only delay implementation of the Medicaid expansion for so long. But already his defiance is inspiring other anti-ACA Republicans to follow suit. In Idaho, where pro-Medicaid advocates announced Monday that they’ve surpassed the amount of required signatures to put expansion on the ballot this November, a far-right candidate for governor has already vowed to pull a LePage if it passes. In a GOP gubernatorial primary debate…

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