We posted yesterday about the state of Maine’s decision to cut back their Medicaid eligibility rules to the eligibility mandated by the federal government. Maine is considering this cut back for two reasons.
First, even though Obamacare required all states to maintain their current eligibility requirements until 2014 (even if those eligibility requirements exceeded those mandated by Uncle Sam, or else lose all federal Medicaid funding), the Supreme Court’s decision says otherwise. And second, Maine can’t afford what it has promised to Medicare recipients.
Maine took to heart that portion of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling, among other portions, that said,
That insight has led this Court to strike down federal legislation that commandeers a State’s legislative or administrative apparatus for federal purposes. (see:page 53)
On Tuesday, the administration said those words are meaningless. Existing Medicaid funding can be taken away if the administration says so.
…Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a letter to all governors Tuesday, said the ruling ‘did not affect other provisions of the law’ which include a ban against cutting people from Medicaid before 2014.
In other words, “we are the Obama administration and we don’t care what the Supreme Court said about commandeering a state’s legislative or administrative process, we’ll do what we want”.
Maine and Wisconsin, states seeking to curb Medicaid programs, [back to the minimum required by the federal government] said the letter didn’t dissuade them. Maine said it would challenge Health and Human Services in court, if necessary.
To which I say, go for it Maine.
Last I looked it was the states that formed the union, not the union that formed the states.