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Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion a Plus for States

3-28-12health-blog.jpgThe Supreme Court today considered the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, which health reform’s critics claim will place a heavy burden on states.  The reality is quite different.

In fact, states — and their residents — will benefit in a number of ways from the expansion, and the federal government will pick up almost all of the tab, as our report explains.

The Myth of the Out-of-Control Federal Government

Are the size and reach of the federal government exploding, as some have suggested?  While overall federal spending is well above its historical average as a share of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is expected to remain so even after the economy recovers, our new examination of the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data belies claims of a large and permanent expansion of the federal government.


Here’s what we found:

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