The two truths about Democrats’ health spending framework – Politico

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THE TWO TRUTHS ABOUT DEMS’ SPENDING BILL — Even in a deeply divided Washington where progress is increasingly measured in absolutes, there are times when two things can be true about a single piece of legislation. Democrats’ $1.75 trillion spending bill is one of them.

Truth one: Democrats are on the verge of the most significant strengthening of the health safety net since Obamacare.

From Medicare to Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act to care at home, the health elements of the package are as sweeping as they are consequential. The legislation would mean extending access to hearing aids to millions of older Americans, and coverage for the roughly 4 million in red states who are too poor to afford private insurance – but not poor enough to qualify for base-level Medicaid.

Obamacare would be further …….


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