Voters in Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska — all red states — approved the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare rules during the 2018 midterm elections. These expansions will effectively boost health care coverage rates to children whose parents are earning at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty rate — meaning a family of four earning around $35,000 a year will now be covered. The red state Medicaid votes, which come in the wake of numerous attempts by congressional Republicans to repeal Obamacare, indicate that healthcare is no longer a partisan club with which the right can assault the left. Americans want to protect and strengthen provisions of the Affordable Care Act that help to keep American kids and parents healthy.
Yes, that means that we basically agree on something. Stop the presses.
The Medicaid expansions will be a particular relief to parents who rely on employers to cover children. Where once they might have stayed in terrible jobs to keep coverage, they now have a safety net that frees…
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