2 Million “Left Behind” By Obamacare, And It’s Republicans’ Fault: LA Times

The Affordable Care Act provided healthcare assistance to tens of millions of Americans. But according to the L.A. Times and Congressional Democrats, the ACA just doesn't go far enough ...

WASHINGTON — For most of her adult life, Amy Bielawski has gone without health insurance.

Her small Atlanta-area business, which provides entertainment for parties and events, didn’t bring in enough revenue to afford coverage.

So she has gotten by on the hope that her high blood pressure doesn’t get worse and her small pituitary tumor doesn’t grow.

“I try to be as healthy as I possibly can so I’m not needing to run to the doctor, but there’s no backup plan when something goes wrong,” she said.

Bielawski, 56, is one of the people the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, was supposed to help.

“Hundreds of thousands of my constituents lack basic access to healthcare because my state’s Republican leadership refuses to expand Medicaid.” – Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) 

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But the Supreme Court in 2012 said the law’s Medicaid expansion provision had to be optional, and several Republican-led states refused to embrace it.

That left about 2 million people, mostly in Southern states, caught without any access to health coverage because they are considered too wealthy to qualify for Medicaid, which targets lower-income people, and too poor to qualify for Obamacare subsidies. In states like California, which expanded Medicaid under ACA, the gap is not a problem.

As congressional Democrats consider President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, a sweeping bill to reshape the nation’s social programs, they are debating whether to finally close this Medicaid coverage gap, the most significant piece of unfinished business from the Democrats’ health law.

But it faces a mountain of challenges: The social safety net bill’s programs will probably be cut or curtailed to reduce the overall costs.

Limited healthcare dollars are pitting Medicaid against other proposals to expand Medicare for everyone and ACA subsidies for middle-income people.

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Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) says expanding Medicaid would allow for federal funding of abortion, a line he refuses to cross, even though other Democrats say it would not do so.

And in the Senate, where Democrats have no margin for error, there are few advocates besides its most junior members … READ MORE. 

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