Friday, December 18, 2009

More Medicaid Problems

While James Doyle is in Dopenhagen with the other lemmings, Congress has a proposal.

...we would do well to focus on the Medicaid expansion. The legislation would expand eligibility for Medicaid to those whose income equals 133 percent or less of the poverty level. According to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, this would add roughly 15 million people to the program. In his state, the increase could be as high as 50 percent.

Where will the money for the expansion come from? Not from the federal government. If the feds were to foot the bill, this would explode the pretense that the legislation is "revenue neutral." To keep up that pretense, the bill would leave the states to pay for the expansion after the first three years. Gov. Barbour estimates the size of that bill at $25 billion. Call it the mother of all unfunded mandates.

Doyle's Gummint already admits to a $1Bn Medicaid deficit for THIS year. Why does he not speak out about this proposal, as have other Governors?

Because Doylet doesn't give a rat's patoot about what happens in three years.

HT: PowerLine

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