Update: The law stands, for the most part, as a number of experts predicted.
“The bottom line,” SCOTUSblog writes, “the entire ACA is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read.” Much more to come.
The issue of the Medicaid funds is one that matters locally, since it affects what the federal government can and can’t do to Rhode Island’s budget. But for now, looks like implementation of Obamacare moves ahead.
Update #2: The Medicaid is apparently largely irrelevant to Rhode Island because our current leaders support expanding Medicaid and weren’t looking to buck the feds on it.
Coming up this afternoon, I’ll have a one-on-one with Lt. Gov. Roberts about what this means for Rhode Island, Christine Ferguson’s reflections on John Chafee’s framework getting upheld, and more on what happens next. Also catch my interview with Congressman Langevin on WPRI 12 at 5:30 p.m.
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