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Would you support your state dropping out of the federal Medicaid program?

Some Republican lawmakers — still reveling in Tuesday’s statewide election sweep — are proposing an unprecedented solution to the state’s estimated $25 billion budget shortfall: dropping out of the federal Medicaid program.

Far-right conservatives are offering that possibility in impassioned news conferences. Moderate Republicans are studying it behind closed doors. And the party’s advisers on health care policy say it is being discussed more seriously than ever, though they admit it may be as much a huge in-your-face to Washington as anything else.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:08 AM on Nov. 7, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Obama care is NOT the same as Medicaid. With Obama care, it would be for people who don't qualify for Medicaid yet still can't afford healthcare.

    I do NOT think it is a good idea to end Medicaid, there are many FAMILIES who need the health care for their disabled children or selves, aren't making enough money at their jobs to afford medical insurance, etc. If the government wants to end Medicaid, then they need to get decent paying jobs back in the US...fix the economy and more people would have jobs that offer insurance and be able to get off of assistance.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:20 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Is there any fraud involved? CAn people cheat the government using Medicaid? If so, why don't they just get rid of fraud and dump the people who cheat the system, not get rid of the whole program?



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    You mean like what ObamaCare proposes to do--with the government getting rid of and controlling an ENTIRE industry, instead of simply REFORMING the problem areas, and actually insuring the 30 million ( 15 MM) who truly cannot get insurance (not including those who choose NOT to have insurance)?!

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:55 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • hough they admit it may be as much a huge in-your-face to Washington as anything else.

    That's exactly what it is. OCare requires all people who fall below 133% to be enrolled on Medicaid whether they want it or not. States are forced to absorb them whether they can afford it or not, and there is no clearcut provision for OCare to reimburse states for the added expense (one more of those many have to pass it to see what's in it details that turns out to be blanks to fill in later). If a state totally eliminates their Medicaid program, there is nothing for their citizens under 133% to be forced onto, and it then falls to the fed to establish its own Medicaid to cover them - they cannot legally force a state to have it. All they can do is refuse to give them funds towards it. If it's eliminated, the funds are no longer a stick to threaten them with.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:38 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • But wait, isn't OBAMACARE the same as MEDICAID--government coverage for those who cannot afford health insurance, have pre-existing conditions and cannot get covered medical care, expanding CHIP, etc?!

    So if we have the "fabuloso" ObamaCare in place, why do we need to continue to "double up" efforts on MedicAID, right?! (Haven't looked at the specifics of the Republican plan, just looking at the concept on the surface.)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:51 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Sure I'd be willing to research it if they proposed it. Getting the government out of the health care biz all together would be great. I can see several good outcomes from a bill like that. Of course it is just an idea for now. I'll wait and see if it goes anywhere.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:08 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • I'd have to see what the plan was before I could make any kind of reasonable comment.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:46 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • Obama care is NOT the same as Medicaid. With Obama care, it would be for people who don't qualify for Medicaid yet still can't afford healthcare.


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    Children under 6 and/or with a household income of less than 133% of poverty levels--($29-34k for a family of 4 & 5 respectively), qualify for Medicaid. ObamaCare is reported to conservatively cost a family of 4 about $2000 annually--with severely limited access to doctors! How does THAT help?!


    ObamaCare EXPANDS existing state programs that already provide insurance for those who cannot afford it, so why should they continue to separately fund them or "DOUBLE UP" especially when ObamaCare is supposed to be STREAMLINING and cutting costs of the existing programs, which are laded with excessive costs, red tape, poor accounting, and tons of fraud?! If the government can't fix the problems they have NOW, how is a NEW program going to fix things?

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 11:16 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • NP hit the nail on the head.

    I don't think it is surprising. Texas is one of the few states that has been able to weather the recession. Their constitution requires a balanced budget. How can you get one when you have no clue what your expenses are going to be for a program. It would be better to opt out entirely and if necessary establish a budgeted state program.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:51 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • I would not support this. There would be so many doing without. Elderly and disabled are the first that come to mind.
    tiddliwinks

    Answer by tiddliwinks at 7:31 PM on Nov. 7, 2010

  • oops..sorry OP. Yes, I think my state should opt out. We have a state funded program for kids and adults already.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:53 AM on Nov. 7, 2010

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