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States with expanded health coverage fight bill

New York Times, December 28, 2009

States that have already broadly expanded healthcare coverage are pushing back against the Senate overhaul bill, arguing that it unfairly penalizes them in favor of states that have done little or nothing to extend benefits to the uninsured, the New York Times reports. The bill passed by the Senate would move toward universal health insurance coverage in large part by expanding Medicaid, a program whose costs have traditionally been shared by the states and the federal government. The states that oppose the bill say they cannot afford to essentially subsidize other states' expansion of healthcare.