New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has fessed up to a $10 billion Medicaid deficit, according to Bloomberg News, which notes: “State spending on Medicaid nationally has increased in the last decade, particularly in New York and other states that choose to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act.”
In fact, Medicaid expansion states are spending ever-bigger shares of revenue giving benefits to people who can’t be bothered to work – draining funds from education.
“The 13 states where Medicaid in 2017 was at its highest level since 2000 were Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming. Eight of these states expanded coverage under the optional Medicaid expansion by the end of September 2017, the time frame for this analysis.”
And 78% of the people signing on for Medicaid expansion are not even eligible.
Deficits. Tax increases on hospital visits. Fraud. That’s the record of Medicaid expansion. Why would we want any part of it?