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May 22, 2018

Weekly Primer: Michigan Walks Back Medicaid Carve Outs For Rural Whites

Following a widespread backlash including the threat of lawsuits, Michigan Republicans are walking back their proposal for a Medicaid work-requirement policy that would have exempted several rural white counties while falling disproportionately on urban residents of color. The authors of the policy insist they’re scrapping the plan because it would have been too hard and expensive for the state to implement, not because it would have run afoul of federal laws barring racial discrimination. Similar policies, however, are still moving forward in Ohio and Kentucky. Meanwhile, with rising insurance premiums and other health-care woes threatening the GOP in this fall’s midterm elections, the Trump administration is moving aggressively on two fronts to shore up support and ward off electoral disaster. On the one hand, the administration is throwing red meat to their conservative base with new rule designed to restrict federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics that provide abortions. On the other, they are trying to appeal to voters across the…

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