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Blog: Political Firestorm about CBO Report

Feb 06, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Those who oppose the Affordable Care Act may continue to misrepresent this week’s CBO report’s findings so it is important to let people know the truth. The report is clear about individuals being freed up to leave the workforce, look for other work, or start a business while not worrying about healthcare coverage. Many of these choices may be related to qualifying for health insurance subsidies. But employers pass on the costs of doing business – e.g. payroll taxes – to employees all the time.

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Medicaid: District of Columbia

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June 28, 2012: Following the Supreme Court decision, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) reaffirmed his commitment to accept federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. 

Medicaid: Hawaii

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June 28, 2012: Following the Supreme Court decision, Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) indicated his plans to accept federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. The legislature is also expected to go along with this decision. 

Medicaid: Connecticut

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June 28, 2012: Following the Supreme Court decision, Governor Dan Malloy (D) indicated his plans to accept federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. The legislature is also expected to go along with this decision. 

Medicaid: Rhode Island

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June 28, 2012:  Following the Supreme Court decision, Governor Lincoln Chaffee (I) indicated his plans to accept federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. The legislature is also expected to go along with this decision.  

Medicaid: Massachusetts

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June 28, 2012: Governor Deval Patrick (D) supports accepting federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured, as does the legislature. 

Medicaid: New Hampshire

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November 6, 2012: Governor Maggie Hassan (D), who was elected last November, has indicated her support of accepting federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. It is not yet clear whether the legislature, with Republican majorities, will also go along with this decision.

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Medicaid: Vermont

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June 28, 2012: Governor Peter Shumlin supports accepting federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. The legislature is expected to also move forward with this decision. 

Medicaid: Maine

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May 24, 2013: Governor Paul LePage (R) has rejected federal funding to provide health coverage for the uninsured. Lawmakers have passed legislation that would provide this extended health coverage, but Governor LePage has vetoed this legislation. 

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