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Battle Over Obamacare
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Apr 10, 2018

This Week: States Keep Obama’s Health Care Legacy Alive

Throughout the last few months, we’ve watched a wave of states try to restrict or roll back their Medicaid expansion programs and flout the remaining pieces of the Affordable Care Act. Now, with health care costs rising and the midterm elections looming, a group of blue and purple states is moving in the opposite direction. After years of partisan battles, Virginia could move as soon as this week to expand Medicaid to 400,000 low-income residents. A budget expanding Medicaid already passed the state House of Delegates, and a few key Republicans in the state Senate have broken ranks, making the bill’s final passage possible. In exchange for their votes, these Republicans are making a demand that Democrats are likely to agree to: Tax credits for lower-middle-income Virginians who don’t qualify for Medicaid, to help them deal with rising deductibles and co-pays. The legislature convenes for a special session on Wednesday. Across the river in Maryland, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan (who…

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