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Obama-Pelosi Care to Hike State Taxes ?

All states except for Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin (plus the District of Colombia) will have to raise their eligibility for Medicaid under the Senate health care bill. And they will have to pay for part of the cost. Under the House bill, with a higher Medicaid eligibility standard, Massachusetts and Vermont would also have to pay more.

The magnitude of the new Medicaid spending required by Obamacare is such as to transform the nature of state finances. A large part of the reason that some states, particularly in the South, have been able to avoid higher taxes is because they have chosen to keep down the Medicaid eligibility level.

The hardest hit states would be Texas ($2.8 billion in extra state spending), Pennsylvania ($1.5 billion), California ($1.4 billion) and Florida ($909 million).

 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 9:46 AM on Nov. 30, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think this is one of the main reasons some states have legislation in the works to "opt out."

    Oregon can't afford it. They raised our taxes last year, the people got enough signatures to repeal it and now it is going to a vote soon. If it passes we will be tied for number 1 with the highest taxes in the country. The pressure is crushing business and the legislators can't seem to figure out why? Our school district announced they are short $650,000 this year and more than $3 million next year. This after firing 45 teachers and cutting 10 days from the school year. They are talking about cutting 50 more teachers. That will make the average class size 45-50 kids!

    We can't afford basic education, how can we afford this??
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:50 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • The Medicaid expansion provisions of the Senate bill are complex. In the first year of the program (2013), states must enroll anyone who earns less than 133 percent of the poverty level in their programs. For a family of four, the national average poverty level in 2009 is $22,000 a year. So any family that size that makes less than $29,000 would be eligible for Medicaid. Many states, particularly in the South, actually have Medicaid cutoffs that are below the poverty level. Arkansas, for example, cuts off its Medicaid eligibility at only 17 percent of the poverty level, and in Louisiana, it goes up to only 26 percent. For these states, the spending increase required by the new bill is huge.


    Might this bankrupt states?

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:49 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • So that is how they claim to be deficit neutral. They hit the states

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:51 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • This will do more than bankrupt states it will collapse the economy.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 10:22 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Aren't California and Florida running huge deficits as it is? Yeah, this could hurt the states pretty badly.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:24 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • We can't afford basic education, how can we afford this??


    Great Question.

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:57 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • This is just an example of how the government runs things. I have been saying for months to look at the public schools to see how they will run healthcare. Now a lot of us CAN educate our kids at home if we have to, but how many of us have medical degrees and can cure our kids at home if we have to?
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 11:51 AM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • "I think this is one of the main reasons some states have legislation in the works to "opt out.""

    Good for them.


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • Good point, Pagan mama.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:22 PM on Nov. 30, 2009

  • I got the same info from Dickmorris.com. I also heard that the "tax and spend" stance will change under the UHC plan. Instead of paying taxes to the gov. and then the money going to corporations for a service to the gov., the gov. will mandate a citizen purchase a service directly from a specific corp. at a cost of $1 trillion dollars to the country. The potential for a large amount of graft, fraud, politician buying and all that goes with gov. programs just went sky high. The gov. will tell us who to see, when we can see them, what companies can produce meds, what hospitals will survive, and who knows what else. When the gov. controls your health care, they control you. Please, tell your Senator to vote NO!
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:58 PM on Nov. 30, 2009

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