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Thousands Could Die Because GOP Blocks Medicaid Expansion, Says Study

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Thousands of Americans in Republican-controlled states could die because their GOP governors and state legislatures refuse to expand Medicaid to low income people (because it is part of Obamacare), says a new study.

A study by researchers at Harvard University and the City University of New York found that as many as 17,000 people may die from a lack of medical care, which they could have had under Medicaid, notes TalkingPointsMemo.com.

“Low-income adults in states that have opted out of Medicaid expansion will forego gains in access to care, financial well-being, physical and mental health, and longevity that would be expected with expanded Medicaid coverage,” stated the study, which was posted on HealthAffairs.org.

So far 23 states with Republican governors and state legislatures have denied Medicaid expansion to their residents, even though Obamacare pays for the first three years at 100 percent and then 90 percent until 2022.

“The results were sobering,” study author Samuel Dickman told The Morning Call. “Political decisions have consequences, some of them lethal.”

The study says about 423,000 diabetics won't be able to manage their disease, a projected 659,000 women won't get mammograms for breast cancer screening and 3.1 million women won't get necessary gynecological exams.

Sources: The Morning Call, HealthAffairs.org, TalkingPointsMemo.com

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