These numbers on the human costs of the Supreme Court's NFIB vs. Sibelius decision are only about one-quarter of what I had feared: Scott Lemieux: Matters of Life and Death: "15,000 people died in three years because Republican states refused to accept the Medicaid expansion.... And let us not forget that this was all made possible by the intervention of the Supreme Court, based on arguments so weak that, as Joan Biskupic’s new bio finds, John Roberts himself initially rejected them.... 'Regarding the expansion of Medicaid for poor people, all four liberal justices... voted to uphold the program... punctured... arguments that Congress had exceeded ints spending power and its ability to attach conditions.... In the private March 30 conference, Roberts also voted to uphold the Medicaid expansion...


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