Skip to comments.Maine, Medicaid, and the Gruber Principle
Posted on 11/14/2017 8:46:34 AM PST by Twotone
An aphorism much favored by my fellow dipsomaniacs goes thus: Dogs are smarter than people. A dog wont eat or drink anything that has made him sick in the past. In other words, fill up Fidos water bowl with Bookers, let him slurp down enough to induce vomiting, and youll not get him near booze nor bowl again. What has this to do with Maine or Medicaid? Well, Maine experimented with Medicaid expansion 15 years ago, and it took the state a decade to recover from the hangover. Nonetheless, a majority of Maines voters approved another Medicaid expansion last Tuesday.
And it is no exaggeration to say that it took Maine 10 years to recover from its last Medicaid expansion. That debacle, initiated in 2002 by former Governor Angus King who has since fled to D.C. where he now serves as a U.S. Senator damaged Maines finances so badly that there was no money to pay hospitals for services rendered to Medicaid patients. It wasnt until 2013 that the state was able to pay off that debt, whereupon Obamacare advocates began pimping expansion again. At the time, perhaps thinking of the above-quoted aphorism, Republican Legislator Ken Fredette observed:
I think its interesting that here we are talking about Medicaid expansion, when quite frankly, Medicaid expansion
is really what caused us to be in a decade of deficit that we are now just finally paying off. I find that ironic.
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Maine is making a second try at bankrupting itself. Hopefully, this time they will succeed. The “free lunch” isn’t really “free.”
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