How Obamacare repeal hits Mike Pence's Indiana legacy
The Republican effort to repeal Obamacare could unravel one of Mike Pence's signature policy achievements in Indiana, per the New York Times. His Medicaid expansion program, called HIP 2.0, would be on the chopping block should Obamacare get the axe.
By the numbers: HIP 2.0 expanded Medicaid coverage to 400,000 poor Indiana residents, but at least 90% of its funding comes from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act.
Why it matters: HIP 2.0 is a big bragging point not just for Pence, but for Seema Verma, who is in line to run the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — because she's the one who designed it. If it unravels, both of them lose a big part of their case that the Indiana plan is a model for Medicaid reforms.