Skip to comments.States face new cost concerns with Medicaid surge
Posted on 05/27/2014 4:06:30 AM PDT by Olog-hai
From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law.
Thats likely to revive the debate about how federal decisions can saddle states with unanticipated expenses.
Before President Barack Obamas law expanded Medicaid eligibility, millions of people who already were entitled to its safety-net coverage were not enrolled. Those same people are now signing up in unexpectedly high numbers, partly because of publicity about getting insured under the law.
For states red or blue, the catch is that they must use more of their own money to cover this particular group.
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I agree. This was being talked about years ago.
Who could have seen this coming....
Anyone. From a mile away.
Another nail in America’s coffin by Obama.
That’s why all that noise about Obamacare’s “success” with new Medicaid enrollees was wayyyyy overblown. What in the hell did they think would pay for that surge in enrollment?
Socialization of risk (insurance) and socialization of health care (medical insurance) is socialism.
Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat
$17,515,327,000,000+ (US National Debt)
$89,695,241,000,000+ (Medicare Liability)
Living under the shackles of socialism.
See something, say something ALERT!
Above all, if you wish to be strong, begin by rooting out every particle of socialism that may have crept into your legislation. This will be no light task. - Bastiat
The flip side of this coin is the decline in the quality of service to Medicaid participants as the surge in enrollment encounters a static or shrinking pool of service providers. Medicaid was a bad program before Obamacare. It was rife with fraud, and many doctors refused to participate because of low and slow reimbursements. A study in Oregon demonstrated that actual health results of people on Medicaid were worse than those of the uninsured. The expansion of Medicaid in the face of these problems and the entirely predictable adverse consequences to the poor were among the many things Democrats chose to ignore in their fanatical drive to pass Obamacare.
As for me, I am working on deepening my tan, buying a beat up car to drive, and learning Spanish so I can just go to the ER for free medical care.
Why do you think Republican governors said “no” to this federal fiasco? They knew the feds would leave them holding the bag and breaking their budgets.
round here they are driving nicer cars than I am...