Wyoming Liberty Group
After seeing Wyoming’s Hospital Association fight tooth and nail for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, you’d think Medicaid expansion left hospitals in other states flush with cash. The reality is that Medicaid expansion has significantly cut hospital compensation, resulting in longer wait times and less services for the very patients it’s intended to help.
For four years, supporters of Medicaid expansion urged our elected representatives to permanently commit Wyoming to this entitlement program. And for the fourth year in a row, Wyoming’s Joint Appropriations Committee, or JAC, responded with a resounding “No.”
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.
Choosing to expand Medicaid is like deciding to marry for the sake of a dream honeymoon when disillusionment is the likely outcome. Fortunately, seven members of the Joint Appropriations Committee rescued Wyoming from a looming and ill-conceived entitlement marriage by voting to strip Medicaid Expansion from the 2017-18 budget appropriations bill.
CHEYENNE, WY: The Wyoming Liberty Group applauds Wyoming’s Joint Appropriation Committee’s removal of Medicaid Expansion from the Wyoming budget. WyLiberty has released Medicaid Expansion: Myths and Realities today, which debunks the most popular myths used by Governor Matt Mead to support Medicaid Expansion.
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.
Obamacare’s supporters seem to believe that if you give patients insurance, doctors will treat them. But greater access to health insurance doesn’t mean greater access to healthcare. As patients scour Obamacare’s insurance exchange for coverage, they’re finding fewer doctors accepting Obamacare’s insurance as payment. And those that can are spending less time with patients, possibly compromising their care.
Charlie Katebi spoke with Chuck Gray on KVOC about Republican efforts in Congress to repeal Obamacare’s taxes, and why Obamacare must be repealed entirely, including Medicaid Expansion. November 24, 2015