Those mean old Republicans in Tallahassee have their nerve fighting over how to resist Medicaid expansion. Instead of seeking better cost-effective plans, those knuckleheads should approve Medicaid expansion and accept the money offered by President Obama.
After the federal money begins to dry up, the state of Florida will "handily" fund the coming cost explosion which is "estimated" to cost states $118 billion by 2023. For openers, this cost can easily be covered by instituting a state income tax of, let's say, 7 percent and a 20-30 percent increase in property taxes. There, problem solved!
Currently, the state spends 19.3 percent on K-12 and 8.5 percent on higher education plus 31.8 percent on Medicaid, which represents about $24 billion of an approximate $73.6 billion budget.
Medicaid is supposed to help the old, the sick and the genuinely poor. Expanding it to cover those who earn 138 percent of the federal poverty level as the government wants will likely cause more than 50 million 25-year-olds, nationally, to drop their current "premium-based medical plan" and join Medicaid. Is it fair for those who don't need it to cause the truly needy to have to compete for care that will be a diminishing service due to increased costs and diminishing coverage? Is this the "new fairness doctrine?"
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The government says that it will share the increasing costs with the states, but that has nothing to do with the actual increased costs the state will have to pay as costs continue to rise. By the way, aren't those government shared costs made possible by taxes we already pay to the government?
Make no mistake, if Medicaid or other coverage is not undertaken in a fiscally responsible way, it will negatively affect those needing coverage as well as everyone else in the state.