Casualties in the war against tyranny

Punditocracy

The unfortunate victim is 32 year-old Charlene Dill, an uninsured mother living in Florida, who passed away from complications around a treatable heart condition. It mostly went untreated because Dill was poor and uninsured in a state that so-far refuses to expand Medicaid.

Brian Beutler, now writing for The New Republic:

She also fell into what policy experts call the Medicaid coverage gap — a hole the Supreme Court punctured in the health safety net when seven of its justices rendered the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion entirely voluntary.

Over 20 Republican state governments have ripped that hole wide open by refusing billions of federal dollars, offered on the sole condition that they be used to insure residents who earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level. In their states, residents who weren’t previously eligible for Medicaid, but currently earn too little to qualify for subsidies to…

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