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Three-fourths of Ohio Obamacare enrollees are on Medicaid

From Watchdog.org, By  September 21, 2015 

Photo credit: State of Ohio

 

OBAMACARE IMPLEMENTER: Gov. John Kasich’s decision to opt in to Medicaid expansion is responsible for 76 percent of Ohio’s Obamacare enrollment

For every Ohioan who has paid an Obamacare exchange premium, three have been added to Medicaid under Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion.

As of June 30, only 188,223 Ohioans had selected and paid for a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov. Enrollment in Kasich’s Obamacare expansion was 609,373 in June.

Obamacare expansion put working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities on Medicaid — a welfare program meant for children, impoverished families, the elderly and the disabled.

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Next Big Challenge for Health Law: Carrying It Out

From The New York Times, By JOHN HARWOOD, April 29, 2013 –

Medicaid-sfSpanWASHINGTON — This month, a political organization aligned with House Republicans sent an e-mail to reporters attacking President Obama’s health care law.

“Young adults on parents’ plan pay more,” said the organization, the YG Network, citing a new employee benefits study. The e-mail’s subject line read “So Much for Popularity.”

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Estes: The Medicaid Mousetrap

Op-Ed from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

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March 11, 2013

Contact: Liz White

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The Medicaid Mousetrap

My granddad often told me, “there’s always free cheese in a mousetrap.” Those words have never rung more true than with Medicaid expansion. I can’t help but think Texas is being lured by “free” federal dollars into expanding Medicaid. Mousetraps don’t work out well for mice, and Medicaid expansion won’t work out well for Texans.

First, Texas can’t afford Medicaid expansion.

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Obamacare Mission Impossible

from conservative.org, by Greg Scandlen Issue 217– 12/12/12 –

Now that the election is over, the prospect of “repeal and replace” of ObamaCare is virtually nil. But that was never the greatest threat to the law anyway. The real threat lies in implementation.

I said well before the law was enacted that it was so poorly conceived and so poorly written that it could never be implemented. That is even more evident today.

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Texas counties consider going it alone on Medicaid expansion

From The Washington Post, By N.C. Aizenman, Published: August 26, 2012 – SAN ANTONIO —Local officials in Texas are discussing whether to band together to expand Medicaid coverage in some of the state’s biggest counties, making an end run around Gov. Rick Perry’s opposition to the expanded program included in President Obama’s health-care law.

For years, Texas’s six most populous counties, as well as some smaller localities, have offered free or low-cost health care for uninsured residents with incomes as much as three times the federal poverty level, or about $57,000 for a family of three. The cost of the programs: about $2 billion a year.

Hospital district gives $9 million to WRMC parent company

From the Weatherford Democrat, by Christin Coyne CNHI, August 20, 2012: WEATHERFORD — Last month, the Parker County Hospital District Board of Directors voted to make a voluntary payment of up to $9 million in tax revenue to the company that leases and operates Weatherford Regional Medical Center for yet-to-be-decided improvements to the facility as well as other plans.

“That money is coming back into Parker County for the health care of Parker County people and to make improvements to the hospital,” board president Melvin Woody said.

Five of the seven elected directors voted for the payment to Community Health System, Inc., with the exception of David Barbrick, a CHS employee who abstained, and Dr. Eric Floyd, who voted against and said he believes the payment is a waste of taxpayer money.

Floyd said he has issues with the fact that such a large payment was voluntarily made to the for-profit company, as well as the lack of a contract.

Though they have not nailed down everything on paper, it will not be a “no strings attached” gift, proponents said.

Floyd, however, questions how much input the district will have regarding where the money is spent now that they’ve agreed to make the payment.

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Medicaid Patients, Not Uninsured, Crowd Emergency Rooms

Phil Kerpen

From GOPUSA.com, By Phil Kerpen July 24, 2012 – Supporters of the president’s unpopular health care mandate tax are now trying to justify it on the theory that those who go uninsured later impose large costs on the rest of us through emergency rooms. But the truth is emergency rooms are crowded not by the uninsured, but by Medicaid patients. Far from alleviating the problem, the president’s law dumps millions of people into a failed Medicaid system. It’s the opposite of reform.The original purpose of the mandate was not to reduce the costs of uncompensated care, but rather to extract revenue from young, healthy people who go uninsured because they are low utilizers of health care.

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Texas has universal health care

From The Daily Caller, By October 27, 2011 – Many commentators have portrayed Texas’s uninsured rate as evidence of Texans’ lack of access to health care. However, the reality is that Texas’s problem is not care but cost.

How does an uninsured individual receive care? In Texas and across the country, the answer is all too often through an emergency room. The costs of emergency room visits are ultimately picked up by a combination of county tax dollars, Medicaid and cost-shifting to insured patients.

This system of universal health care is based on market distortions caused by federal price controls and regulations, chiefly the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and Medicaid. Continue reading →

Liberal governor’s request for Medicaid cuts puts Democrats in tough spot

By Julian Pecquet –

President Obama and congressional Democrats have been put in a tough spot by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) request to cut

Governor Jerry Brown

Medicaid spending by 10 percent.

Brown says he needs to make the cuts to the state Medicaid program, known as Medi-Cal, to ease his state’s severe budget woes. But advocates say cuts of that size would be devastating to California’s most vulnerable residents. Continue reading →

Texas Public Policy Foundation outlines alternative to failed Medicaid program

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Texas Public Policy Foundation outlines alternative to failed Medicaid program

State could provide better health care to more people with control over policies and funding

AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation unveiled a proposal that would replace the federal Medicaid program with a state-driven TexHealth program, dramatically transforming the way medical care and services are provided to low-income individuals.

“The federal Medicaid program is structurally designed to make states spend money in ineffective ways,” said TPPF Executive Director Arlene Wohlgemuth.  “However, Texas now has the opportunity to reform our state’s Medicaid program so that it better meets the needs of both the individuals it serves and the taxpayers who support it.” Continue reading →