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Medicaid Expansion and the Facts of Reality

Nick Horton from the Foundation for Government Accountability talks to Glenn Woods about other states' experience with Medicaid expansion and why it is wrong for Wyoming, on BoldRepublic.com. 

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Mead’s Latest Medicaid Gambit

No single provision of Obamacare has been more disastrous than Medicaid Expansion.  It’s cost taxpayers billions more than promised and hurt the very people it was intended to help.  Now Governor Mead wants to try yet again to expand this ruinous government program in Wyoming.

Following an event at an oil recovery facility in Riverton, Mead commented:

“I think it’s appropriate for members of [the Joint Appropriations Committee] and the Legislature, as a whole, to take a look at [Medicaid Expansion] and see if we want to again forgo that money during these tough budget times.”

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Medicaid Expansion Is An Empty Promise

When progressives make the case for Medicaid Expansion, without fail they remind their listeners that the federal government has pledged to cover 90 percent of the cost of expansion. But a report from the Foundation for Government Accountability sheds light on just how empty the federal government’s promises really are. On multiple occasions, the federal government has reneged on its commitments to cover the cost of programs it collaborates with states to fund, leaving them with billions of dollars in additional obligations. And while the Obama Administration has continued to market Medicaid Expansion as “free money” to the state legislatures, the White House has proposed changes to Medicaid’s cost-sharing formula that would substantially increase the proportion of the program’s expenses that states will be stuck paying.

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