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In Response to Re: States To Lose $8.4 Billion Without Medicaid Expansion:
From your refeence, it would seem that some states have no confidence in the ability of the feds to pay without a massive increase in debt. An opinion shared by many.
“The federal government’s promise of billions of dollars in the coming years is hollow,” said U.S. Representative Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania, a Republican who chairs the health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “These projections are based on a government already trillions of dollars in debt finding a way to pay for a massive expansion of state programs.”
Pennsylvania has so far chosen not to participate in the Medicaid expansion.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, has resisted calls to expand Medicaid in his state, where a higher proportion of the population is uninsured than anywhere else in the country. The expansion would cost taxpayers too much, he said.
“They tell us to take the money -- in the case of Texas, $4 billion -- because it’s free,” Perry said in a speech on March 14 in Washington. “But there is nothing free. This is our money, or at least money that we’ve tacked onto the national debt either by borrowing from China or by pulling it right off the printing presses.”
Posted by jfpinlvn
An editorial in the San Angelo Standard-Times [not available without a subscription] asks "Where’s the alternative to Obamacare in Texas?
The legislature closed out it's session without having expanded medical coverage for unissured Texans. It was a victory for Perry, but where is Perrycare?
What’s the governor’s plan to help those people and the hospitals that don’t get reimbursed for their care when it’s more serious because those people couldn’t see a primary care doctor? Perry can object to the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, but he can’t deny that a problem exists.
That's the thinking of those opposed to spending anything on the citizens? What is your suggestion?