Apr 11, 2019

Trump administration fights on for Medicaid work requirements

President Trump with CMS administrator Seema Verma. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Trump administration appealed a recent court decision striking down Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Work requirements are one of the Trump administration's signature health care achievements, especially after failing to reform Medicaid through the 2017 health care bill.

Details: The decision, which the administration appealed on Wednesday, came from two weeks ago and was the second time that work requirements have been blocked in court.

What to watch: If Trump's appeal is successful, other red states will undoubtedly continue to pursue work requirements with the administration's blessing. Just this week, Idaho added work requirements to the Medicaid expansion approved by voters in November.

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Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday. They're talking about health care, Russian interference in the election, the economy and race.

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Sanders to Putin: You won't interfere in any more elections if I'm president

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Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

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