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With Implementation Of Health Law, Medicaid Expands To Broader Role

The Washington Post examines how the health overhaul moves many middle-class Americans into the program that has long been viewed as insurance for the poor. Meanwhile, Virginia Republicans downplay the issue in a recent survey.

The Washington Post: With New Year, Medicaid Takes On A Broader Health Care Role
Medicaid embarks on a massive transformation Wednesday — from a safety-net program for the most vulnerable to a broad-based one that finds itself at the front lines of the continuing political and ideological battle over the Affordable Care Act. Already the nation's largest health care program, Medicaid is being expanded and reshaped by the law to cover a wider array of people. Among them will be many who consider themselves middle class (Somashekhar and Tumulty, 12/31/13).

The Richmond Times-Dispatch: GOP Issues Survey Does Not Mention Medicaid Expansion
A year-end survey issued by the Republican Party of Virginia asks respondents to list the potential Democratic policy under new Gov. Terry McAuliffe that worries them the most. It does not mention Medicaid expansion. The survey from state GOP Chairman Pat Mullins first asks respondents what issue the GOP should focus on this year, listing tax relief, transportation, deficit reduction and national defense (Cain, 1/1). 

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