This Week: Republicans Aren’t Talking About Obamacare Anymore; Red States Push to Expand Medicaid
Conservative-leaning states have for months been exploring ways to add work requirements to Medicaid; now, President Trump is pushing for something similar on the national level. Last Tuesday, he signed a surprise executive order requiring federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to investigate how to force recipients of federal social safety net programs, including Medicaid, to prove they’re gainfully employed. HHS also moved to undermine Obamacare last week by releasing a new rule that would allow counties with only one insurer in Obamacare marketplaces to qualify as “exempt” from the individual mandate in 2018. Because of last December’s GOP tax law, the individual mandate will be gone nationwide in 2019. But this new rule, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, would bump that date up a year for people in hundreds of counties. The rule would also allow Americans whose only marketplace health plan options cover abortion to receive an exception, penalizing states like New…
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