Wyoming Liberty Group
Wyoming is beginning to adjust itself to the Obamacare reform, despite many uncertainties still remaining about the effects and contents of the reform. As part of the adjustment process the state is taking temporary federal grants that are supposed to pay for the transition into Obamacare:
Obamacare is now a reality. Wyoming’s families and businesses will now be subjugated into compliance with a massive change to our health care system, the magnitude of which supersedes that of Medicare and Medicaid combined. As Medicaid expands and the public option pushes private insurance out of the way, reimbursements for medical practitioners will fall to Medicaid-Medicare levels across the board. As the smallest health insurance market in the country, we will quickly be gobbled up by government-run health insurance. Like the first in a row of 50 domino bricks, the state of Wyoming will be the first to fall under the federal government’s pressure to socialize health care.
According to the annual fiscal report from National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Wyoming received $257 million in federal Medicaid funds in 2008. The Census Bureau reports that 57,000 or eleven percent of all Wyoming residents were enrolled in Medicaid that same year. This means that the federal government paid Wyoming an average of $5,263 per Medicaid enrollee.
By Anthony McConnell
The people of Wyoming are banding together to prevent the federal government’s attempted takeover of healthcare in the state.
Six legislators are the initial sponsors the Healthcare Freedom Amendment and many more are expected to sign on once the bill reaches the floors of the House and Senate. The amendment specifies that the federal government does not have the authority to interfere with people’s right to make their own healthcare decisions. It also clarifies that the federal government can not penalize people for choosing not to participate in any government mandated healthcare program, such at those being roposed by the U.S. House and Senate.
On Saturday November 7, 2009, the House of Representatives of U.S. Congress passed a comprehensive bill aimed at fundamentally reforming the national health care system. If the bill passes the Senate it will affect health insurance and health care delivery in every state. But the notion that a one-size-fits-all solution out of Washington, DC is good for every state is false. Not all states have the same problems with uninsured citizens or lack of employer-based insurance coverage.