Ted Cruz’s nonsense gets debunked: Why new research shows he was wrong on Obamacare

March 23, 2015 10:17 AM

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Ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that states could not be coerced into accepting the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid, conservative Republicans in (a diminishing number) of states have made it a point of pride to dig in their heels and resist the evils of socialized medicine. This resistance, while ideologically satisfying, never really made a whole lot of sense. The states were flatly rejecting all the benefits of expanded Medicaid (billions of dollars in federal spending, increased access to healthcare for low-income residents) but they’re still paying all the taxes that help fund those benefits. Red state governors and legislatures made the collective decision that they wanted to subsidize healthcare for poor residents in other states and receive nothing in return.

But they had their reasons, some of which went beyond “Obamacare sucks.” The way the Medicaid expansion is structured, the feds pick up 100 percent of the cost initially, dropping to 90 percent in 2016, where it stays in perpetuity. Budget-conscious Republican governors and legislators argued that e...

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