Wyoming Liberty Group
The director of Wyoming’s Department of Health, Tom Forslund, recently sat down before the Joint Appropriations Committee (JAC) to make his plea for more spending. The biggest item by far on the agency’s wish list was Medicaid Expansion, costing a whopping $268 million. How did he try selling such an expensive line item to the JAC? He claimed Medicaid Expansion would actually save Wyoming money.
Charlie Katebi spoke with Doug Randall on KGAB to discuss Governor Matt Mead’s dubious proposal to expand Medicaid in order to “save” Wyoming taxpayers money.
Supporters of Medicaid Expansion, including Governor Matt Mead, express an unwavering belief that the federal government will actually fund this entitlement as promised. Yet Washington’s promises often become unfunded mandates. Even before the end of this year it is likely that Congress will cut federal funding for Medicaid Expansion and leave states holding the bag.
Medicaid’s allies are gearing up their expansion drive for the 2016 budget session. As usual, they’re trying to convince Wyomingites that they will save big if government spends more of their money. We’ve heard this story before.