From: Foundation for Government Accountability
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Massive Welfare Expansion
Date: Fri Jun 20 18:52:57 MDT 2014

Quick Clip - Issue 14

June 20, 2014

In the past few weeks we've seen several reports showing the greatest success of ObamaCare is its ability to grow the welfare roles. As many as 1 in 5 Americans are now on Medicaid. Yes, that's nearly 73 million Americans receiving public assistance for their health care. From a budgetary standpoint alone, it's unsustainable.

Seemingly undeterred by these facts, Governor Pence continues to criss-cross the country selling his Medicaid expansion plan. First he had his staff lobby Virginia Republicans to expand Medicaid, and today he's in Alabama.

Whether or not their governor is in the state, Hoosiers have an opportunity to bend his ear during the public comment period, and stop Medicaid expansion.

More on ObamaCare

Administration officials admitted this week that indeed, even with subsidies, ObamaCare makes health insurance more expensive. And just in case you needed something other than their word, The Manhattan Institute released an interactive map including data from over 3,100 counties nationwide. While indeed a select few counties saw a slight decrease, the average rate increase for individuals on the private market is 49 percent.

And if tax time wasn't bad enough already, delays in huge portions of ObamaCare could lead to more lost coverage, as well as huge tax bills for millions of Americans.

The verification process for subsidies is also wreaking havoc in Medicaid departments across the nation, and incorrect subsidy payments could cost taxpayers over $152 billion over the next decade.

Medicaid Expansion in the States

Montana - A campaign to put a Medicaid expansion initiative on the ballot in November failed to collect enough valid signatures. Last year, Republican majorities blocked efforts by the Democratic governor to expand Medicaid in the state.

Ohio - Governor Kasich has put nearly an additional 250,000 Ohioans on Medicaid. In just under five months, the state has topped nearly 2/3rds of their projections for July 2015.

Arkansas - The architect of the Arkansas Private Option lost his primary. Despite the spin in the local media, voters chose with their wallet and decided not to elect the man who helped draft and pass Arkansas' failed Medicaid expansion program.

Missouri - The politics of Medicaid in Missouri are pretty straightforward; expanding ObamaCare loses elections in the Show Me State. And though the session is complete for this year, Republicans wishing to hold onto their elected position would be wise to look at the lessons of the past.

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