Repost from Connect The Dots dot com
Unfortunately, the drafters of the ACA did not anticipate the Supreme Court ruling that states could opt out of the Medicaid expansion, so no tax credit provisions were included for folks below 100% of Federal Poverty Level. Remember, they were supposed to get Medicaid instead.
Currently an estimated 3.1 million folks who fall in the Medicaid coverage gap (below 100% of Federal Poverty Level) are just doubly screwed until those 20 Republican state legislators and/or governors cave like cheap tents to get their hands on all that federal money — once the politics of Obamacare dies down and the pressure from the monied hospital interests ramps up. Or alternatively, Democrats could take back the House and Senate and at least provide federal tax subsidies to those below 100% of FPL living in those 20 mean Republican-controlled states. Boy do elections have consequences!
If you fall into the Medicaid coverage gap, how about voting you and your family some healthcare coverage? And if you’re fortunate enough to live in a state that accepted the Medicaid expansion, don’t vote for Republicans (like newly-elected Gov Matt Bevin of Kentucky) who plan on taking that away from you. That’s what voting SMART is all about. Wealthy people vote for their economic self-interest all the time, so should poor people.