Maine showed the extent to which Americans value Medicaid – a program that has steadily grown in popularity, with over 60 percent of Americans saying it should continue unchanged – and are willing to vote for it. And that victory was just a start. In 2018, more states will put Medicaid expansion on the ballot, as citizens across the country go on the offense to improve their quality of life.

So while the president sent a message last week that he is willing to make it harder for people to get health care, voters are gearing up to send the opposite message: that they value Medicaid, that they want to expand health care coverage to more people, and that they are fed up with the broken politics that shames poor people to undermine a program that is working.

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