Sir Xsarus wrote:
So the states that chose not to take the federal funds, are they able to change their minds, or would it take a new bill of some sort to get them on?
I assume you mean the Medicare expansion funds. From Kaiser:
Enhanced Matching Rates. In some instances, Medicaid provides a higher matching rate for select services or populations, the most notable being the ACA Medicaid expansion enhanced match rate. For those states that expand, the federal government will pay 100 percent of Medicaid costs of those newly eligible from 2014 to 2016.1 The federal share gradually phases down to 90 percent in 2020 and remains at that level. There is no deadline to adopt the expansion; however, the federal match rates are tied to specific years.
Ted Cruz said today that the new law didn't have his vote nor the likely vote of Senator Lee. I think, as it becomes less likely that the vote will pass you'll see more senators feeling safe in opposing it (since none of them are "killing" it) and it might not come up on the floor at all. Or maybe it will -- McConnell may feel the need to just put it out there so it can fail versus being accused of not trying.