Nearly 533,000 New Jerseyans have enrolled in Medicaid due to the Affordable Care Act, which pays 90 percent of the costs for all newly insured residents, according to statehealthfacts.org, a website supported by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (Before Medicaid expansion under the ACA, the state and federal government split the cost of Medicaid.)
If the Republican Congress, with the support of President-elect Donald Trump, abolishes the ACA, also known as Obamacare, it’s unclear what would happen to the millions of people that qualified for healthcare when the bill was passed. Will New Jersey choose to pick up 100 percent of the cost? Or will half-a-million New Jersey residents find themselves without healthcare again?