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Sam Baker Aug 4
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Why 2018 could lead to more Medicaid expansion

It's never too early to start thinking about the upcoming 2018 elections. And while a lot of the focus so far has been on the House, a handful of hotly contested gubernatorial races could have higher stakes for health care — specifically, for the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.

A raft of open governors' races next year will give Democrats a chance to replace some of the most stridently anti-expansion governors in the country — and, if they win even a few of those races, the chance to cover millions of currently uninsured people even as the Trump administration drags its heels on so much of the ACA.

Data: Kaiser Family Foundation, The Cook Political Report; Note: Maine, a toss up state, was not included due to insufficient Medicaid data; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios