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Once again you've hit the nail on the head!
In Response to Re: States To Lose $8.4 Billion Without Medicaid Expansion:
Sorry but it appears that no one replying to this topic understands or knows what is actually in the ACA. The ACA doesn't pay 100% of a States Medicaid cost. It pays 100% of the FMAP rate only for "newly eligible" recipients which is based on a formula tied to each States per capita income versus a total of all States average per capita incomes. All of the current Medicaid recipients and those who would qualify using the 2009 eligibility rules are covered under the older rate system which pays only 50% to 83% of the FMAP rate. The $8.4 Billion figure is not what it will cost the States out of their budgets, it is what the states would have received to cover the cost of the newly eligible recipients. The States will still have to provide 50% to 17% of the medicaid, FMAP, costs of those who qualify under the 2009 stats. The States will definitely have to come up with a lot of the money if they decide to go with the ACA program.
Posted by concerned75
I am eagerly looking forward to 2014 and beyond because when there is no apocalypse in health care and most people see that Obamacare has very little effect on their health insurance or life while others will see great benefits from the act; the right wing and Republican party will lose whatever credibility they have remaining. Most American voters will discover that the right wing used nothing but lies and distortions against the ACA since its inception and that none of their dire predictions happened. They will desert the Republican party in droves unless the party changes its tune and realizes that they must learn to live with the ACA and they have a duty to help make the act better, not repeal it with nothing to offer in its place.
By 2016, I believe that most Americans will come to regard the ACA as one of the best things ever to come out of congress and most of those severely red states will adopt the Medicaid expansion as those tea party types are sent home packing. I believe that this is what the right wing fears the most since they will have absolutely no credibility any more with anyone other than their die hard supporters.
By 2016, President Obama will be very popular with most Americans and many people will be ranking him among the greatest American presidents, much to the consternation of congressional Republicans. Unless the Republcian party removes the wing nuts from the party, they will be a permanent minority for the near future.
Posted by golfinsailor