Can Red States Resist Expanding Medicaid?

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on climate change prior to signing executive actions as White House climate envoy John Kerry and Vice President Kamala Harris listen in the State Dining Room at the White House, January 27, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
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NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O bamacare did a lot of things, but one of the most consequential was to expand Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that provides health insurance to the poor and keeps costs low by paying doctors far less than private insurance do. Numerous red states opted out of that expansion, but Democrats are getting ready to make some offers that could be hard to refuse.

The current COVID-relief bill dangles some extra cash in front of states that have yet to expand, and President Biden could give red states flexibility in how they structure their expansions, should they choose to do so. And

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