Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute writes today about the impact of Obamacare on state Medicaid programs. She concludes that the most vulnerable among us — the poor — are the likely losers under the massive expansion of Medicaid that’s written into the law. She predicts, among other things, shortages of doctors and longer wait lines.
In its ruling in June, the Supreme Court made it optional for states to expand Medicaid to cover new enrollees. Even with generous federal funding, several states have said flatly they cannot afford the expansion, which would cost states at least $118 billion through 2023.
They are resisting not only because of budget concerns but also because this large Medicaid expansion could have catastrophic effects on those who provide society’s health care safety net.
JLF’s Agenda 2012 has key facts about Obamacare’s impact on North Carolina’s Medicaid program, which would see 500,000 people added to the Medicaid rolls if the state goes forward with it. Agenda 2012 also offers these recommendations:
Meantime, Rasmussen polling continues to show the majority of likely voters want Obamacare repealed.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters favor repeal of the law, while 39% are opposed.