In which CAP picks up my ACA Protection Spreadsheet Ball and runs with it
2018 MIDTERM ELECTION
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Back in April, I started an ambitious project which set out to track every legislative or regulatory measure taken by every state to counter, cancel out or mitigate sabotage of the Affordable Care Act by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans. It resulted in this color-coded spreadsheet, which lists dozens of bills, proposals, amendments and so on at various stages of completion.
The bad news is that project has proven to be too large for me to keep up with--there's simply too many bills, too many stages and too much other stuff going on for me to keep track of it all.
The good news is that the Center for American Progress (which has slightly more resources than I do) has launched their own version of this project, and it's very slickly done:
Many states have taken actions to limit the damage caused by the Trump administration’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Center for American Progress previously released a column on three specific ways states can counteract ACA sabotage: implementing state-level individual mandates, limiting short-term junk plans, and establishing state-level reinsurance programs. The following interactive shows which of these actions have been taken by different states. This will periodically be updated to reflect new legislation and state initiatives.
The actual tool itself is very nice. The only gripe I have is that they limited themselves to three types of protection bills: The Individual Mandate, Reinsurance and Short-Term Plan restrictions. Perhaps they'll add more in the future. Then again, maybe that's what I should have done in the first place?