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Dancing Under the Debt Ceiling

Dancing Under the Debt Ceiling

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Julie Rovner
KFF Health News


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Julie Rovner is chief Washington correspondent and host of KFF Health News’ weekly health policy news podcast, “What the Health?” A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book “Health Care Politics and Policy A to Z,” now in its third edition.

If Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in the next few months, the U.S. could default on its debt for the first time in history. Republicans in Congress, however, say they won’t agree to pay the nation’s bills unless Democrats and President Joe Biden agree to deep cuts to health and other programs. House Republicans approved a bill on April 26 that included new work requirements to be imposed for adults receiving Medicaid.

Several states that restrict abortion also pass bills to limit the access of transgender people to health care. The two movements — both largely aimed at conservative evangelicals, a key GOP constituency — have much in common.

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