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Could a Progressive President Expand Medicaid and Medicare by Increasing the Poverty Line?

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The Trump administration is considering a unilateral change to how the government measures poverty. If adopted, the change would reduce by millions the number of people eligible for Medicaid, parts of Medicare, SNAP, and other benefits over the next 10 years. One of the questions this raises is whether a progressive president could make the ...

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The Trump administration is considering a unilateral change to how the government measures poverty. If adopted, the change would reduce by millions the number of people eligible for Medicaid, parts of Medicare, SNAP, and other benefits over the next 10 years.

One of the questions this raises is whether a progressive president could make the same change in the opposite direction. In other words, could a President Warren or Sanders make millions of more people eligible for Medicaid and other benefits without Congressional approval by increasing the poverty line?

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