by: David Harris-Gershon on January 31st, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Thanks to the tag-team efforts of the GOP and the Supreme Court, millions of Americans are learning that they are technically “too poor” for Obamacare. And the personal tragedies resulting from this fact are too painful to bear as destitute, sick and dying citizens are being turned away with these words, “We can’t help you.”
How is this possible, considering that one of the principle goals of the Affordable Care Act was to provide health care to those unable to afford it? The two-pronged answer is as simple as it is maddening:
1) The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that states could opt out of expanding Medicaid coverage “to anyone making less than 133 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,300 a year for a single person.”
2) 24 states with Republican governors have chosen to opt out, including Florida.