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Medicaid Expansion Won’t Stop Rural Hospital Closures

Democrats think they’ve found the key to convincing Republican states to expand Medicaid and cover millions more able-bodied adults in the government-run health-insurance program. Over the past few years, Democrats have claimed that refusing to accept ObamaCare’s central policy will force the closure of rural hospitals, hurting GOP states and voters the most. This tug-at-the-heartstrings message has swayed Republican-dominated states such as South Dakota, Missouri and, as of late March, North Carolina to expand Medicaid. But it’s a lie.

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