Now that the Supreme Court has decided that the federal government, under Obamacare, can’t put a gun to the head of the states on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, the states are reacting. Prior to that ruling, if a state did not agree to greatly expand its Medicaid coverage, the federal government could withhold all Medicaid funding, not just the “expansion” funding.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday announced his state is opting out of an expansion of Medicaid, a joint federal-state health care program, now that the court will allow it to do so…In his release, Scott said Florida can’t afford the expansion, which he says would eventually cost the state $1.9 billion.
As a resident of Florida, I can assure you that we don’t have $1.9 billion kicking around with nothing on which to spend it. So I applaud my governor. Our state will spend far less covering the cost of medical treatment for the uninsured than Obamacare would force it to spend.
Because each state seems far more attuned to the needs of its citizens than the giant federal bureaucracy is. With all of the Obamacare mandates on what must be covered, Medicaid costs will soar for the states under this expansion. And, the state is more conscious of spending your tax dollars wisely than the federal government is…unless, of course, you live in Connecticut, or New York, or Illinois, or California, where it is pretty much a wash.
At the moment, Louisiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin are considering doing the same, and I have heard that eight others are pondering this issue, but I can’t confirm either who they are, or whether they are.
My solution, much like that of many Republicans in Congress, is to block grant federal Medicaid money to the states and let them spend that money based upon the needs of their residents. This is much like the Medicare Advantage program.
Oh, wait, I forgot. Obamacare kills Medicare Advantage.