July 24, 2012
Even before the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, Medicaid was already “financially unsustainable and administratively unworkable.”
Now, with the Supreme Court’s ruling that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion mandate is unconstitutional, the law is on an even “faster pace to collapse,” explains Heritage expert Nina Owcharenko.
And because “half of the reduction in uninsured ‘promised’ under the law was based on mandating that states expand Medicaid,” Obamacare will cover fewer people than advertised.
States “should not buckle under this pressure” to expand their Medicaid programs, Owcharenko argues. Medicaid programs are already struggling in many states to cover costs and to provide quality services. Even with federal support, expanding programs will strain already tight state budgets.
Do you think states should expand Medicaid programs?