Support for expanding Medicaid comes from a big government body. The Richmond City Council is calling on state lawmakers to add to the Medicaid rolls. It came in a resolution passed Monday. The federal government has offered to pay most of the cost of expanding Medicaid in states that do it. Republicans say states would be saddled with the cost if the federal government can’t keep up with the payments.
General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against infectious diseases and gains in fighting maternal and child illnesses.
The U.S. Congress will soon embark on a high-stakes budget negotiation with President Barack Obama that, if productive, could give Republicans the increased military spending they want and Democrats the increased domestic spending they seek.