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Medicaid expansion

What argument could possibly convince critics of the Medicaid expansion that taking back health coverage from someone who earns $46 dollars a day – or less – is the right thing to do?

Clawing back coverage from the poor

July 5, 2017 – What argument could possibly convince critics of the Medicaid expansion that taking back health coverage from someone who earns $46 dollars… Read more

Trumpcare steals from the poor

The poor get poorer under GOP’s tax…

March 10, 2017 – The AHCA would result in higher premiums for older people, smaller tax credits for poorer and older people, reduced access to Medicaid for… Read more

‘Obamacare saved my life’

January 5, 2017 – While policy wonks analyze the political challenges of repealing Obamacare, millions of Americans who rely on it to help pay for lifesaving… Read more

Repealing the ACA would be the only…

December 16, 2016 – In sharing these stories, we hope that our policy makers will understand that the only true disaster is the one that awaits us if the ACA… Read more

For now, the political challenge brings a bracing clarity: to implacably resist the rollback of ACA. One must defend millions of people who might be hurt. This is a human imperative, and there are many political opportunities to be effective.

Resistance to repeal will not be…

December 12, 2016 – For now, the political challenge brings a bracing clarity: to implacably resist the rollback of ACA. One must defend millions of people who… Read more

Burying great Obamacare headlines

September 14, 2016 – Too bad the news that 700,000 people got health insurance happened to hit on a day where a more important economic story broke: "Wrigley… Read more

"[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary: More ambitious than her original plans but more realistic than his." - Charles Gaba

A healthcare plan that even Bernie…

July 11, 2016 – "[Hillary Clinton's healthcare proposal] is about as close to what I could realistically hope would come out of the Hillary/Bernie primary:… Read more

Obamacare's Medicaid expansion probably wouldn't dramatically reduce the incidence of suicide in the United States. But it would help.

Suicide rates – and how Medicaid can…

April 24, 2016 – Obamacare's Medicaid expansion probably wouldn't dramatically reduce the incidence of suicide in the United States. But it would… Read more

Should we extend coverage to the…

March 24, 2016 – The cleanest approach to our insurance market would be to exclude undocumented immigrants, as we have done. There’s only one problem:… Read more

The inevitable expansion of the…

February 10, 2016 – States continue to realize the impact of Medicaid – and incentives to expand. Here's what's happening in states that aren't yet on board.… Read more

Can Hillary Clinton use the Affordable Care Act's gains to bring the nation closer to 100 percent health coverage?

How close can we get to zero percent…

February 7, 2016 – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both want to bring the nation closer to 100 percent health coverage? Here are some proposals for… Read more

Obamacare has absolutely been a game-changer for people with MS and other chronic illnesses. But there is still work to be done.

Obamacare: a game changer for MS…

January 13, 2016 – Obamacare has absolutely been a game-changer for people with MS and other chronic illnesses. But there is still work to be… Read more

Health care reform is working, and Kentucky not only can afford to continue it, we can’t afford not to continue it. – Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

Kentucky can’t afford to undo health…

November 24, 2015 – Health care reform is working, and Kentucky not only can afford to continue it, we can’t afford not to continue it. – Kentucky Gov.… Read more

A conversation with crowdfunder Luis…

May 16, 2015 – Below is a transcript of my phone conversation with Luis Lang, a Republican South Carolinian who established a GoFundMe appeal to help with… Read more

Liberals help Obamacare denier

Obamacare supporters’ compassionate…

May 13, 2015 – Luis Lang is not the only conservative who needs serious help. Millions of low-income, sick, or injured Americans are uninsured or going… Read more

How red states propped up…

March 31, 2015 – Red-state governors and legislatures that refused the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion were probably aiming to help the ACA die the… Read more

Harold Pollack Letter to Santa

Medicaid expansion for every state’s…

December 20, 2014 – This is really a tragic situation where many, many low-income Americans are not eligible for financial help at all because they live in a… Read more

Exposing ‘Zagruber film’ to light

November 18, 2014 – I stand by my words. I can’t speak for Professor Gruber, but I don’t see anything he should walk back, either. Roughly 4 million… Read more

ACA signups 28 million

Making a mountain out of 7 million…

November 8, 2014 – The uninsured slice has dropped by around 26 percent in just the first year of the exchanges/Medicaid expansion being operational. That's… Read more

Moral Mondays

Pre-Occupied with Medicaid expansion

April 23, 2014 – Moral Mondays focuses on concrete, politically actionable grievances. Punitive voter ID laws and states’ refusal to embrace the Medicaid… Read more