The uninsured rate in the U.S. has fallen to an all-time low: 8 percent, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Julian Zelizer: But don't rest on your laurels just yet, Mr. President. This impressive achievement might be fleeting. He says the progress you’ve been touting this week is likely to reverse itself very soon unless you persuade Congress to act. Zelizer says Democrats could do to limit the damage; they could patch the Medicaid coverage gap so poor people who live in non-expansion states would finally have access to subsidized insurance. They could also patch the coverage gap, Zelizer writes, especially in states with Medicaid expansion and individual market subsidies that are slated to expire at the end of this year. They can also patch up the gap
Democrats are still negotiating what goes into the Inflation Reduction Act. Draft released last week included an extension of enhanced marketplace subsidies through 2025. Unfortunately, it ignored the Medicaid coverage gap. Biden is, famously, a creature of the Senate: This is his time to shine.