That story is about people: What will really happen to low-income people who would have been captured in the expansion of the safety net had the court ruled another way, or now if they lived in a bluer state. How will they pay for their health care? How do they do so currently, if they do? Will they be eligible for subsidies the law makes available for the uninsured? If so, will such subsidies be large enough to buy decent insurance?
What will substitute programs like the one Mitch Daniels talks about for Indiana actually provide? This is the nitty gritty of local reporting, and political speculation does not substitute for it.

Then there’s the larger question that Darshak Sanghavi, writing for Slate.com, zoomed in on: “State reluctance to expand Medicaid gets at the core problem in health care today—it’s just too damn expensive and the ACA does very little about that.”

Serious exploration of the law’s weak cost control measures might be in order too.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.