The Medicaid Ambush


November 14, 2011


With the Supreme Court agreeing to hear challenges to the ACA, Slate notes a surprise issue. The court also agreed to hear a claim of the 26 Republican state officials that the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid coverage should be struck down, on the ground that it unconstitutionally “coerces” state governments. Potentially, the court’s disposition of this issue could cripple the federal government’s capacity to promote national policy goals more gravely than even a decision to overturn the ACA individual mandate, and thereby limit congressional authority to regulate interstate commerce.
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