Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion has Become Quite Popular with Voters, Even in Red States

Even as Donald Trump tries to convince the US Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] including its Medicaid expansion provisions, the law continues to become more popular, even in conservative states. This week Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion, 53% to 47%. It joins Virginia and Maine and four other red states that have rejected Republican opposition and approved Medicaid expansion during the Trump years including Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Utah.

AP: "That leaves only a dozen states opposed to using the federal-state health program for low-income people as a vehicle for covering more adults, mainly people in jobs that don’t provide health care. Medicaid expansion is a central feature of former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, covering about 12 million people, while nearly 10 million others get subsidized private insurance."

The problem that Republicans leaders like Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell face with their opposition to Obamacare, is that they have been unable to develop an alternative plan to provide affordable health care coverage to the working poor and families that don't get insurance through their place of employment. Voters, even conservative voters, are tired of waiting for them to propose a viable substitute.

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By: Don Lam & Curated Content


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