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|About those lousy Medicaid arguments: Last year's Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act did strike down one provision, the one that would have forced all states to accept an expansion of Medicaid, the already-existing program of health insurance for the poor. States are now free to reject that expansion. Yet how can states justify turning down a federal offer to insure thousands of their citizens, one that would cost them nothing in the first year and only trivial amounts later? Sheer spite -- the desire to sabotage anything with President Obama's name on it -- is the real reason, but doesn't sound too good. So they need intellectual cover.|
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