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‘Private option’ won’t help poor: Opposing view
USA Today

Living in poverty is hard enough; having to face sickness without insurance while doing so is a fate no one should bear.

By expanding Medicaid to all earning less than 138% of the poverty level, the Affordable Care Act will help many avoid this outcome. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court ruled that states can opt out of the expansion, and 24 states have done that. Arkansas and Iowa, on the other hand, have won federal waivers to pursue a “private option” as a compromise, and other states may follow.