Medicaid is a pure welfare program.
New Jersey’s Chris Christie has become the eighth Republican governor to agree to expand Medicaid coverage in his state under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Is the last line of Republican resistance to “Obamacare” disintegrating?
In 2011, 26 states joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Obamacare provision that would have forced them to expand Medicaid coverage as a condition of continued participation in the federal program.
The Supreme Court ruled in their favor last year, negating the mandatory requirement, so it is now voluntary for states to expand Medicaid coverage.
The Congressional Budget Office still estimates that expanded Medicaid coverage, though now voluntary rather than mandated on states, will contribute about a third of the reduction in the number of uninsured Americans brought about by Obamacare by 2022
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