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“The state Se­nate failed to dis­charge an im­por­tant duty—pass­ing leg­is­la­tion key to im­ple­ment­ing the fed­eral health­care re­form law in New York. ... It also sets back state ef­forts to se­cure fed­eral grants to help pay for the costly and com­plex ini­tia­tive, which will ben­e­fit some 170,000 in­di­vid­u­als and small busi­nesses in the Lower Hud­son Val­ley. State Se­nate Repub­li­can Ma­jor­ity Leader Dean Ske­los … says the Se­nate punted be­cause some of his fel­low Repub­li­can sen­a­tors … aren’t com­fort­able with the 2010 fed­eral Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act. … The Se­nate needs to stop the po­lit­i­cal games­man­ship and quickly act to get the ball rolling.”

—JournalNews, White Plains, N.Y. “An­other un­ex­pected prob­lem has sur­faced with the 2010 health­in­sur­ance law. … (HHS) re­cently fig­ured out that, un­der the law, early re­tirees who aren’t poor will be el­i­gi­ble for Med­i­caid. ... So a mar­ried cou­ple earn­ing $64,000 a year could qual­ify. About 3 mil­lion such peo­ple might qual­ify. … Many Amer­i­cans sus­pected from the first that this re­form at­tempt was half-baked. With ev­ery new rev­e­la­tion, those doubts are fur­ther con­firmed.”

—Colum­bus (Ohio) Dis­patch

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