Following Supreme Court Decision on ACA, Focus Shifts to Medicaid Expansion in States
An adverse ruling by the US Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies could have sent Obamacare into a tailspin and resulted in chaos for the health care system nationwide. Instead, the Supreme Court upheld the legality of the ACA subsidies for individuals who purchase insurance through a non-state exchange, as previously reported.
With the Supreme Court having now twice upheld key components of the ACA, the common perception is that, while there may be some legislative changes to the law, Obamacare is likely a permanent fixture in our health care system. As a result, states that have not yet done so are facing renewed questions about adopting Medicaid expansion.
In announcing that Obamacare is “here to stay” following the Supreme Court ruling, President Barack Obama quickly pivoted to making the case for Medicaid expansion. “If we can get some governors that have been holding out and resisting expanding Medicaid primarily for political reasons to think about what they can do for their citizens who don’t have health insurance but could get it very easily if state governments acted, then we could see even more improvement over time,” Obama said at a press conference following the ruling.
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