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A fact-check examines one of the frequent complaints about Medicaid and finds that the situation is much more complicated. Also, the Des Moines Register reports that the help Iowa promised to the private companies running its Medicaid managed care program will be much more expensive for the federal government, and the Denver Post looks at the continuing problems with the state’s new Medicaid payment system.
Since the Republican health bill’s collapse in the House, some states that have been resisting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion may rethink that option. Even so, Arkansas lawmakers are having some difficulty getting the votes needed to continue with the expansion program there, and Missouri lawmakers turn down an expansion bill.
A new poll found that of six changes the failed House GOP bill would have made to former President Barack Obama’s law, five drew more negative than positive reactions. A separate poll shows that Republican support of repeal plunged sharply as well.
Editorial pages in Kansas urge Gov. Sam Brownback to follow the state legislature’s lead and sign the Medicaid expansion while Kentucky’s opinion writers urge state lawmakers to reverse Gov. Matt Bevin’s veto of a mental health bill.
Opinion writers examine what might happen to Obamacare and the challenges that lie ahead.
Editorial writers across the country continue to examine the how and why behind the dynamics that played out last week on Capitol Hill as Republicans saw their American Health Care Act fail to reach a House vote.
Hospitals are deeply concerned that the proposal, which would likely also bring a similar reduction in federal funding, could deeply cut into their revenues. Meanwhile, Georgia officials are preparing to add another insurer to the Medicaid managed care program
Some states have been reluctant because they feared Congress was going to end the expansion, and that is now less of a concern, experts say. But in Tennessee, the governor says he’s not ready to make that move.
Many conservatives expect the governor to veto the legislation since he has in the past been very critical of the health law’s Medicaid expansion. But he has not yet said what he will do.
Opinion writers offer their thoughts on this question, outline ways the health law can be spared and examine the direction in which the political winds could send the ongoing debate.
Editorial pages across the country offer their thoughts on the blame game as well as the policies and politics that led to last week’s dramatic outcome.
Moderate Republicans join with Democrats to easily push through the legislation. But Gov. Sam Brownback has criticized the measure and may veto it.
Stat looked at data from 39 agencies to analyze which segments of the health care industry have settled with the government. It found that pharmaceutical companies paid the most, accounting for almost 80 percent of penalties.
NPR and Bloomberg challenge the president’s claim that the Affordable Care Act is “exploding.”
Premium costs, essential benefits, Medicaid expansion and the fact that the health industry has a huge impact on the financial markets are among the thoughts on which opinion writers continue to focus.
Opinion writers speculate on what will happen now for the future of Obamacare.
Editorial pages examine who dodged the bullets in their states and detail what went wrong with the American Health Care Act.
Opinion writers analyze what happened last week in Congress when the House GOP’s health law replacement plan came undone.
Not only has Trump’s aura of political invincibility been shattered, but without killing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans will have to take a different approach to rewriting the tax code than previously planned.
“The reason why Obamacare failed was because it wasn’t a bipartisan bill,” said Don Young, Republican of Alaska. His party made the same mistake, he said, writing their bill without Democrats. “We were very frankly guilty of that.”