Medicaid Expansion In Virginia: Impact And Cost To Taxpayers


June 13, 2013

Why do we, as conservatives, oppose Medicaid expansion in Virginia (speaking generally, not for any TFF position)? This chart from Drew Gonshorowski at the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry Blog (via John Taylor of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy) demonstrates why, in very stark terms. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, in a desperate attempt to get governors to adopt the Obamacare state health insurance exchanges, has peddled the fallacy of “free money” (direct funding from the federal government) for Medicaid in the short term (thus the net savings through 2016). In essence, it’s a bribe with taxpayer money at the cost of massive debt her administration won’t have to pay back. After that, though, the states face the obligations of the expanded government-run health program on their own, which sticks them with unconscionable costs and burdens for years to come — not to mention the crowding out of traditional services state and local governments provide, such as police, fire, rescue, transportation and education.



There’s no such thing as free money. There is something called unsustainable debt. But try telling that to proponents of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion.

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4 Responses to “Medicaid Expansion In Virginia: Impact And Cost To Taxpayers”

  1. [...] Medicaid Expansion In Virginia: Impact And Cost To Taxpayers [...]

  2. [...] Medicaid Expansion In Virginia: Impact And Cost To Taxpayers [...]

  3. [...] Several days ago, a newly constituted General Assembly Medicaid committee (created through the 2013 appropriations bill) met to begin deliberations on the future of the program in the commonwealth. Specifically, whether to expand it under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and/or what, if any, reforms to insist upon from the federal government in exchange for agreeing to the expansion. Previously, I posted a chart from the Heritage Foundation which illustrates the immense danger to Virginia&#8217…. [...]

  4. […] The deal the feds are offering sure sounds enticing — “free federal money” for two years to pay for more, unreformed Medicaid . . . but . . . after that, states, you’re on your own. The General Assembly may try to strike a deal with the feds for reforms first. We’ll see. But as for expansion, here’s a great video from our friends at Americans For Prosperity Virginia that explains it all (in addition to the links above from my previous posts) and you can even more good information at Virginians For Quality Healthcare. […]

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