Sunday, September 13, 2009

Obamacare and Medicaid

"As national politicians feud over "public option'' health insurance, state lawmakers are far more concerned with plans to greatly expand a different government-run healthcare program: Medicaid. A state-federal program, Medicaid insures poor children, seniors, pregnant women and disabled people -- a total of 2.7 million people in Florida. And that number could grow by 1.3 million -- at an additional annual cost of $4.3 billion to state and federal government -- if the congressional healthcare bills that call for a massive nationwide expansion of the program win approval. About one in five Floridians would then be eligible for Medicaid in a state where 20 percent of the population lacks insurance coverage."

If Obamacare expands Medicaid eligibility, to one in five Floridians at the annual cost of $4.3 billion per year (in Florida alone), Obamacare will obviously increase Medicaid costs.

Putting aside whether this is a good idea or a bad idea, it is obviously a costly idea.

Denying that fact, or calling people liars for pointing out that fact, doesn't change that fact. It just makes me wonder what else they're hiding.

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