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|Eight days after the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and ruled that the federal government cannot penalize states that refuse to expand Medicaid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced that he would not open the program to more applicants. But while he was making a public show of turning down federal funds, Perry was using the additional dollars in state budget projections. In a letter explaining how he would fill a budget gap left by Texas' decision to defund Planned Parenthood, Perry's office uses the money the federal government will pay states that make Medicaid available to individuals up to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Line in its budgetary assumptions: Greta Rymal, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Financial Services, has projected the fiscal impact of this rule for three years...|
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