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Is the Obama Administration Playing Hardball on Health Care?

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures during a cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair,
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott gestures during a cabinet meeting at the Florida State Fair, in Tampa, Fla. Scott, who has repeatedly tangled with public record advocates, media organizations and others over whether he has followed the state’s transparency law, has insisted did not use private email accounts for state business. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file)

Since 2012, more than 20 states have rejected Obamacare funds to expand Medicaid because of Republican opposition, and the administration has had little recourse beyond rhetoric and a willingness to accommodate alternative programs more palatable to conservatives to change their minds. The states have held all the cards.

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