States’ desire for more flexibility is understandable, but flexibility could lead to harmful cuts. Caps on spending growth could too easily result in reductions in coverage and benefits because of budgetary pressures when the nation still has 32 million uninsured people. These caps are particularly harmful in times like today, as the nation is trying to cope with the coronavirus.
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