Missourians should continue to question Obamacare
Obamacare expanders claim more Medicaid money will improve Missouri’s economy. It won’t. Medicaid already accounts for roughly 35 percent of Missouri’s total operating budget. Even under ObamaCare match rates, the annual cost to Missouri tops $100 million, and these estimates don’t account for new already-eligible “woodwork” enrollees.
The federal share is not “free money.” With national debt over $18 trillion, there’s little optimism in the federal government’s ability to pay what it promises.
Obamacare expanders, led by Republican State Senator Ryan Silvey, propose expansion for popular groups, like veterans. But expansion is all or nothing; Medicaid cannot be expanded for veterans and their families at ObamaCare match rates.
Obamacare expanders claim expansion improves health. They assert Kentucky is a “model” despite the fact it hasn’t shown any increase in health outcomes. The well-known Oregon study suggests the same.
Obamacare expanders assert expansion creates jobs but their studies fail to consider offsetting factors. American Action Forum considered them and found that nation-wide expansion of Obamacare would result in over 206,000 jobs lost by 2017.
Obamacare is flawed. With numerous challenges since its passage, and the Supreme Court considering another one now, should we place the health of Missouri’s most vulnerable in such an unstable foundation?
Missourians who question Obamacare, and look beyond misleading promises, do the right thing to ensure the long-term health of our state. Improving the quality of life for future generations requires strong, free-market policies, not flawed policies that would further damage an already broken system.
Gregg Keller • Ladue