MEDICAID EXPANSION RISKS TAKING 2 MILLION PEOPLE OFF PRIVATE INSURANCE

March 5, 2020
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Roy Cooper is all about Medicaid expansion.  Even though holding out for it means no deal on a much-needed state budget.  No new money flowing to critical health needs.  No new money flowing to key educational institution projects.

If anyone doubted Roy Cooper’s Medicaid expansion is more about expanding welfare than healthcare, consider this.

A recent January 2020 analysis finds 54% of the able-bodied adults signing up for free Medicaid expansion already had health insurance. https://www.hannapub.com/ouachitacitizen/news/local_state_headlines/report-medicaid-expansion-has-produced-disastrous-results/article_d5c9e6d6-2cb2-11ea-8354-53d8ddbc86dd.html

In Louisiana alone, people dropping coverage to get Medicaid for free have cost taxpayers over $460 million. And since private insurance provides better healthcare than Medicaid, the massive Medicaid expansion may have healthcare going backwards.

If states that haven’t expanded Medicaid do so, two million privately insured individuals can switch to Medicaid – 158,000 in North Carolina. https://thefga.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Forcing-People-Out-of-Exchanges.pdf

Roy Cooper’s Medicaid expansion is not about providing quality healthcare as much as it’s about making people more dependent on politicians.  The reform majority shouldn’t buy in.


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