ObamaCare Express: How “gun to the head” turned into runaway locomotive

Source: The American Spectator
by Andrew B Wilson

“As originally written, Obamacare would have forced every state to expand eligibility under Medicaid to able-bodied people making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level … or face the loss of all federal matching funds (with the federal government historically putting up about $3 for every $2 coming from the states), including federal funds supporting more than 50 million pre-ACA Medicaid enrollees. While upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in a broad sense, the Supreme Court struck down this part of the law. ‘The financial inducement Congress has chosen is much more than relatively mild encouragement,’ Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. ‘It is a gun to the head.’ The administration then countered by offering to pick up not just 60 percent of the cost of expanding the program, but 100 percent through the first three years (2014, 2015, and 2016), and no less than 90 percent for every year after that.” (07/14/17)