Krauthammer’s Take

by NRO Staff

From Monday night’s Fox News All-Stars.

On developments in Libya:

Some people look at troop movements, others look at the freezing of assets. To me, the leading indicator here with Qaddafi is the fact that his favorite nurse — from whom he’s been inseparable — described in WikiLeaks as a buxom Ukrainian blonde, was evacuated to Kiev today. I am not an expert on this, but I would say if you are holding Qaddafi shares, that is a strong sell signal.

On President Obama’s comments about Medicaid while meeting with the nation’s governors yesterday:

Obama now is pretending he’s the man who wants to see states experiment on their own. He’s a federalist! Well then, why did you pass a national health-care law which imposes all these mandates [on the states] and has all these governors screaming that it’s unaffordable and also inflexible?

The fact is that the Obamacare law imposes on states the following eligibility standard. You have to give Medicaid to people up to 130 percent of the poverty line. It was originally intended as a plan for the poor. Now it’s becoming an entitlement. And on the S-CHIP program, which is the one that is for the assistance of children, in some states the eligibility requirements are so expansive that a family earning about $70,000 is eligible.

Now that’s insane. It’s unaffordable. It would add 20 million people on the rolls in this decade. In 2019, there will be 85 million Americans on Medicaid, costing a total of $900 billion a year. Utterly unsustainable, but that’s what’s in the law.

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