Replacing Obamacare: What to Do About Medicaid?
After the election, congressional Republicans quickly came up with a strategy on Obamacare: They would pass a bill early in 2017 to repeal the law’s tax-and-spending provisions but not its regulations, have this partial repeal take effect in a few years, …
Washington Shoots Down Ohio’s Medicaid Reform
Critics of Medicaid expansion were vindicated again last week when the Obama administration denied Ohio’s request to incorporate HSA (health savings account) features into the state Medicaid program. Opponents of Governor John Kasich’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid to childless, …
Medicaid Doesn’t Help Alleviate Poverty—So Why Do We Keep Spending More On It?
From 1975 to 2015, social spending by federal and state governments quadrupled in constant dollars, to more than $1 trillion. America now spends enough to give every person in poverty more than $20,000 per year. And yet lamentations for a collapsing safety net are …
Which State Will Be the First to Abandon the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion?
President Reagan once opined that “government programs, once launched, never disappear,” calling them “the nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth.”
Today, Arkansas is proving why Reagan’s pithy sound bite has matured into a …
A Medicaid Expansion Offer the States Should Refuse
In the wake of Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards’s announcement last week that his state would expand Medicaid under Obamacare, the White House rolled out a new scheme to persuade the 19 states that are still holding out to fall …
Medicaid Expansion Is Proving to Be the Budget Buster We Predicted
It’s amazing how many lawmakers still fall (or pretend to fall) for the myth that if you create a new government program or expand an existing one, it will cost taxpayers nothing. Medicaid expansion is obviously the latest example of …
John Kasich: Medicaid Expansion Is Type of Policy that Could Reduce Mass Shootings
John Kasich pointed to his controversial expansion of Medicaid in Ohio today as an example of the type of action government can take to prevent mass shootings.
“Look, part of the reason I expanded Medicaid is so people can get …
Kasich and Medicaid, in Theory and Practice
John Kasich, Ohio’s Republican governor, often argues that expanding Medicaid is the Christian thing to do. Most recently he has said that the policy is rooted in a Biblical concern for the downtrodden.
Expanding Medicaid provides some financial peace-of-mind …
The Obama Administration Is Trying to Force Florida into the Medicaid Expansion, So Florida’s Suing
The Obama administration, via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has threatened to cut off a billion-dollar pool of funds that Florida gets every year from the federal government to pay hospitals to take care of poor patients, called …
Conservatives and ‘Line in the Sand’ Issues
Earlier today I had an exchange with a reader — whom I respect a great deal — who doesn’t agree with my Twitter argument about the folly of conservatives’ staying home and not voting this cycle (or any cycle, …
Obamacare Repeal Must Roll Back the Medicaid Expansion
As the 115th Congress convenes and President-elect Trump prepares to take office tomorrow, our nation faces incredible challenges and opportunities. On health care in particular, the stakes couldn’t be higher, nor the path forward more clear.
As leaders working …
The Facts about Medicaid Fraud
‘Waste, abuse, and fraud.” These are the words politicians say when you ask them what it is they would cut to balance the budget. If they’re really wonky, they might add “duplication.”
I have put the question to dozens …
Relax! Medicaid’s Trust Fund Doesn’t Run Out of Money Until 2028!
You may not be interested in the ticking time bomb of entitlements, but the ticking time bomb of entitlements is interested in you.
The new numbers and projections for Social Security and Medicaid are out from the program’s trustees, …
The State of Medicaid Spending Is Strong
Medicaid is a growing program in our federal budget. According to the Congressional Budget Office, as of January, Medicaid was projected to spend $381 billion in 2016. That’s up more than $100 billion since 2010. In January, CBO also projected that Medicaid spending would …
Can Chris Christie Keep Dodging the Medicaid Expansion Bullet?
It may surprise some conservatives, but Ohio governor John Kasich isn’t the only Republican presidential candidate to expand Medicaid in his state under new Obamacare rules.
“Chris Christie did that, too!? For Pete’s sake,” says John Adams, a …
How States Could Transform Medicaid with a Block Grant
Among GOP candidates who have bothered to roll out Obamacare repeal-and-replace plans, a common theme has emerged: States should have more control over Medicaid, the joint federal-state health-care program for the poor, and that control should come in the form …
Governors Flouting the Law on Medicaid
Frustrated governors whose state legislatures refuse to go along with Medicaid expansion have sometimes opted to flout the law and “go it alone” without legislative approval. But bypassing the people’s representatives undermines the legislative process and gives reason to …
. . . run by state governments.
Gruber: GOP Governors’ Refusal to Expand Medicaid ‘Almost Awesome In Its Evilness’, Blames ‘Racial Reasons’
Who’s up for another Jonathan Gruber video?
On April 9, 2014, Gruber appeared on the “Curbside Consult” interview series with Harold Pollack, at healthinsurance.org; the host introduced Gruber as the “architect of Obamacare”, and Gruber made no objection.
Pollack says, “…
Democrats Insist Medicaid Expansion Works Wonders, Despite Evidence
The first Morning Jolt of the week notes the sudden end of Liz Cheney’s Senate campaign, the need for a controlled, small-scale experiment on the minimum wage, and then these inconvenient truths that Obamacare defenders prefer to ignore:
Democrats Insist …