Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (Photo: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce via Flickr)

More States Lean Toward Medicaid Expansion

These red states are considering expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

February 3, 2015
Mitt Romney speaks to fellow Republicans at a dinner during the Republican National Committee's Annual Winter Meeting aboard the USS Midway on January 16, 2015 in San Diego, California (AFP/Sandy Huffaker)

End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

Republican candidates say they want to reduce poverty and inequality. But how can they become the change?

January 27, 2015
Obama health care

States That Decline To Expand Medicaid Give Up Billions In Aid

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — If the 23 states that have rejected expanding Medicaid under the 2010 health-care law continue to do so for the next eight years, they’ll pay $152 billion to extend the program in other states — while receiving nothing in return. This exodus of federal tax dollars from […]

September 5, 2014
RURALHOSPITALS

A North Carolina Mayor Treks 273 Miles To Help Rural Hospitals

By Tony Pugh, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Only four days after the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, N.C., closed its doors for good on July 1, Portia Gibbs suffered a heart attack in neighboring Hyde County, which has no doctors or hospitals. Residents of Hyde, a sprawling, rural county in eastern North Carolina, had long […]

July 29, 2014
Scott Brown truck

Even ‘Moderate’ Republicans Are Bent On Sabotage

Scott Brown is a Veep character who thinks he’s on House of Cards. After becoming the first Republican elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, his greatest accomplishment as a U.S. senator was helping banks rewrite Wall Street reform so it might protect “two financial institutions in Massachusetts from the Volcker Rule’s restrictions,” according to former […]

May 16, 2014
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For U.S. Mothers, Conservative Policies Can Be Deadly

This post is the first in the Roosevelt Institute’s National Women’s Health Week series, which will address pressing issues affecting the health and economic security of women and families in the United States. Today, a look at why conservative policies at the state level are leading to increased maternal mortality rates. For much of the […]

May 12, 2014
Gage Skidmore via flickr.com

The Entire GOP Agenda Is A Talking Point Designed To Mislead The American People

The GOP’s latest #Benghazi smoking gun revealed earlier this week illuminated two #shocking details. First of all, the White House and the CIA agreed on their talking points in the immediate wake of the tragedy of the deaths of four Americans at a CIA outpost in Libya. Secondly, government officials sometimes may use talking points […]

May 2, 2014
Bill Cassidy

Medicaid Projections Get More Affordable, And Obamacare Politics Get Trickier For GOP

The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion is an even better deal for the states than previously thought, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office — and that could seriously complicate Republican hopes of winning a Senate majority in November. As the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Edwin Park explained in a […]

April 23, 2014
Memo Pad, Donald Trump, Birther, Controversy

LOL Of The Week: The GOP Is Closer To A ‘Death Spiral’ Than Obamacare Ever Was

While Republicans have been plotting about what to do with control of the U.S. Senate, they’re trying to ignore how the debate over Obamacare has now shifted to whether the law has “won” or is simply “winning.” Some Republicans want to dull its sudden veneer of success by delaying any verdict about the law until […]

April 18, 2014
Barack Obama, Joe Biden

5 Elections Obamacare May Help Democrats Win

Want to reduce the number of uninsured people in your state three times faster? Here’s a crazy idea: Stop sabotaging Obamacare! A new poll from Gallup finds that states that built their own insurance exchanges and expanded Medicaid reduced their uninsured population by 2.5 percent, compared to .8 percent in states that did not, despite […]

April 16, 2014
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Medicaid Programs Drowning In Backlog

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. Last week, federal health officials celebrated two milestones related to the Affordable Care Act. The first, which got considerable attention, was that more than 7 million people selected private health plans in state and federal health insurance exchanges. The second, which got less attention, was that some 3 million additional enrollees […]

April 9, 2014
Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Federal Judge Upholds Billboard Slamming Jindal On Medicaid Expansion

Disappointing — and slightly embarrassing — news arrived on Tuesday for conservative Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, when a federal judge ruled in favor of MoveOn.Org, the liberal organization that put up a billboard in the state slamming Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid. MoveOn had been sued in March by lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne, whose office runs […]

April 8, 2014
Sheheen ad

WATCH: RGA Attacks Medicaid Expansion That Eight GOP Governors Support

The Republican Governors Association released a new ad on Monday slamming South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen (D) for supporting the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion — but failing to tell the whole story about the law. The 30-second television ad, titled “Vincent Sheheen: Even More Obamacare,” attacks Sheheen for supporting health care reform. “Remember […]

March 3, 2014

5 Ways Republicans Are Letting Ted Cruz Doom Their Party

Here’s a scary thought: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) could be elected president… if the election were held in an off-year, like 2010 or 2014. The voters who come out to vote in midterm elections tend to be older, whiter and more costive than the “coalition of the ascendant” that helped Democrats win five out of […]

February 14, 2014
Obama health care

Will Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion Continue?

Is Medicaid expansion a one-way street? Greg Sargent asked good questions on Wednesday about the future of the Affordable Care Act: With Medicaid expansion responsible for some 75,000 new signups in West Virginia, will Republican U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Moore Capito campaign against it? With the rollout of Kentucky’s state-run exchange expanding health care access […]

January 24, 2014
Healthcare.gov

Obama’s State Of The Union Opportunity — Be The ‘Navigator-In-Chief’

No can say with certainty how many working Americans have gained Medicaid coverage thanks to Obamacare in the last few months. President Obama’s supporters recently trumpeted an estimate of around five million. Charles Gaba — whose now-famous spreadsheet at ACASignups.net has been cited by White House officials — says the number may be as high as 6.4 […]

January 20, 2014

5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Obamacare

In early November, in the midst of the worst of the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, Terry McAuliffe beat Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who defined himself as one of the nation’s foremost opponents of the president’s health care reform, to become the state’s next governor. “We tested Cuccinelli’s brag that he was the first attorney […]

January 14, 2014
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