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Battle Over Obamacare
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Jun 5, 2018

Weekly Primer: Despite Trump’s Threats, Medicaid Just Keeps Expanding

Amid a Monday-morning screed on Twitter about various grievances, President Donald Trump asserted that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is “getting done.” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1003611857272360960 The “less expensive plans” Trump is touting are two forms of cheap, skimpy, health insurance his administration is currently putting together: short-term and Association Health Plans. The plans, which were extremely limited under President Obama, are expected to lure millions of people out of the individual market, driving up premiums for those who remain. Depending on how the Trump admin writes the final rules, insurers who sell the short-term and Association Health Plans could have the right to charge people more or reject them entirely based on their age, gender, and health status. But many states, it seems, have not gotten the memo about Obamacare’s demise, and are moving full speed ahead with policies to shore up and expand the benefits of the ACA. This week, in the culmination of a five-year political battle, Virginia’s…

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