Charissa Koh

Charissa is a reporter for WORLD based in Austin, Texas. Follow Charissa on Twitter @CharissaKoh.

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Medicaid-ing red states

Compassion | Midterm results show conservatives softening toward Obamacare
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/14/18, 03:34 pm

In last week’s midterm elections, three more red states voted to expand Medicaid, demonstrating that Americans are making their peace with meager healthcare.

When President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Republicans protested the cost and the retreat from free market principles. But as years passed and no viable alternatives appeared, more became willing to accept federal funding that will swell the ranks of Medicaid recipients.

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Another ‘housing first’ fail

Compassion | Tiny homes that allowed alcohol and drug use did little to help Seattle’s homeless
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/07/18, 04:46 pm

Seattle officials in September announced their decision to close a tiny house village for the homeless that allows alcohol and drug use.

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‘Everything has changed’

Community | Sutherland Springs: A Texas community’s life after death
by Charissa Koh
Posted 11/05/18, 09:38 am

On the last Saturday of October, residents of Sutherland Springs, Texas, gathered for the annual Old Town Day parade. As in past years, the parade included a fire truck and ambulance, men and women on horseback, and local politicians riding in cars decorated with campaign signs.

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