How Medicaid became the most important battleground in American health care


By: Dylan Scott

On Tuesday, the state’s voters approved expanding Medicaid to 70,000 of their poorest residents, circumventing the archconservative governor who has blocked the expansion five times in the past four years. “Maine people have supported this for years,” Ann Woloson, who worked in support of the ballot initiative, told me the day before the vote. They would finally get it.

“I would say this was the greatest threat to the Medicaid program that I have ever seen,” Joan Alker, who follows Medicaid for Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, told me. “What I’m struck by this time around is how Medicaid has come out of this strong.”

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