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A tattered band-aid: Senate GOP's $200-billion Obamacare cushion would run out in two years

A tattered band-aid: Senate GOP's $200-billion Obamacare cushion would run out in two years

As Senate Republicans rush pell-mell toward a Tuesday vote on an Obamacare repeal bill that most, if not all, still haven’t seen, a new study examines one of the givebacks the GOP leadership has offered anti-repeal senators to bring them on board.

The sweetener is a $200-billion fund for the 31 states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, to be paid out starting in 2022. Since the GOP bill would eliminate the Medicaid expansion, the ostensible idea is to help them cushion health insurance costs for those states and their Medicaid enrollees forced to transition to the ACA’s individual insurance exchanges.

Few objective analysts think the $200 billion fund...

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