Wyoming Liberty Group
You are likely to hear two arguments — myths, really — favored by Medicaid expansion advocates. The first is that Medicaid expansion will save our Wyoming hospitals; the second is that all enrollees will have their health needs met.
As for our hospitals, is true that the discounted “100% reimbursement” promised by the federal government for an estimated 17,600 new able-bodied enrollees (but not for current enrollees), combined with an expected surge in usage, particularly of emergency facilities, would bring an infusion of cash. But such reimbursements, even adding the tempting new Medicaid enrollee federal version, are not sufficient to sustain our hospitals over time.
It was painful to sit in December’s Labor Committee meeting and listen to the Department of Health and others advocate for Medicaid expansion. This is such a terrible idea in so many ways that it is hard to know where to begin explaining what is wrong with it.
We get help from Gillette’s Doctor John Mansell, who is on the front lines treating patients now on Medicaid. I attach the testimony he sent to the Committee so you can get this information first hand.
Wyoming Liberty Group stands for the principled application of commonsense to leverage good policy so as to limit government interference in our lives. We stand behind our faith, our families, and our culture — these are things our political process has forgotten and ignored. It is high time to take back Our lives, Our Dreams, and Our Way of Life.
We are proud of those truckers who dare to make a point of the urgent necessity for restoring constitutional law in America. We like the fact that the Constitution of the United States, must coordinate with the Wyoming Constitution under the principle of dual sovereignty, because state constitutions can provide specific protections.
This session the Wyoming Legislature passed, and Governor Matt Mead signed, SF104. This bill divests elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill of authority over the Department of Education and awards it to a new Director of Education, to be appointed by Governor Mead. The bill takes power away from an elected official, adds another layer of bureaucracy to an already overburdened system, yet gives no guarantee of better educational outcomes.
Freedom fighter Vaclav Havel’s recent death reminds freedom lovers here and around the world that no matter how entrenched rulers seem to be, they are vulnerable to so-called “powerless” citizens who are in fact not powerless when they refuse to surrender their consciences.
Outgoing Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed the plan of operation for the “Healthy Frontiers” pilot project, on Nov. 30. This state-funded health care program purports to transition enrollees into jobs that provide private insurance for them. About 36 percent of Wyoming’s families might participate, should our legislature enact a permanent version.
At Wyoming Liberty Group’s June Commonsense Sovereignty Meeting, Senator Cale Case noted a pending federal grant of $1.5 million to fund the alignment of Wyoming’s private insurance regulation with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [Obamacare]. Had Wyoming accepted the federal grant, it would have radically altered Wyoming law in that state government would have been given the power to decide whether health insurance rate changes were “unreasonable” or “excessive.” It is well understood that the government program will compete with private insurance while maintaining an easy position from which to slant rules through potential manipulation of the insurance exchanges that the states now must establish.