When the Supreme Court voted that Obamacare was constitutional, they also held that states didn’t have to expand Medicaid as the law intended. About 25 states, with GOP governors or legislatures or both, have so far refused to expand Medicaid.
This leaves us with the bizarre anomaly that more prosperous people will be eligible for health insurance subsidies, while poorer people still won’t be able to get health insurance.
The NYT* points out that the head of a family of four making $14 an hour will qualify for subsidies, but someone making $10 an hour won’t be able to get any help at all.
This is what happens when the law is an ass, and one of our two major political parties hates poor people.
* “States’ Policies on Health Care Exclude Poorest,” Robert Pear