Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Forgotten -- Again

What has been lost in the buzz about the astonishing Supreme Court decision upholding the individual mandate in Obamacare is the part of the decision that affected those who benefit from Medicaid.

Once again, the poor, disadvantaged, and those who have fallen on hard times, have been forgotten.

The part of the Affordable Care Act that was rejected by the court was that which extended Medicaid coverage, paid for with federal dollars.  Rather, it was decided that each state could decide whether to take the federal dollars and extend coverage or not.

Of course, we all know where that leaves the poor in states like South Carolina.  And we should all be ashamed for relegating them to a footnote in today's historic ruling.

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