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  • States Lose Control, Families Lose Choices Under Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

    Speaker Pelosi’s mammoth health legislation, H.R. 3962, includes the largest Medicaid expansion in history, adding as many as 18 million people to the program. Not only will childless adults become eligible for Medicaid for the first time in the history of the program, approximately 5 million children who have been served under the successful and popular State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) will also be transferred into Medicaid. Speaker Pelosi’s bill preempts the decisions previously made by the elected women and men in state capitols.

    For more than 10 years, states have made the choice whether to run their SCHIP programs as a separate non-Medicaid program or as a Medicaid expansion. A majority of states including California which serves the most children under SCHIP have chosen to run separate SCHIP programs. A separate SCHIP program provides states with greater flexibility in managing benefits, service delivery, and eligibility. Under the current SCHIP program, there is no individual entitlement and eligibility is reserved only to those who were previously uninsured. States had the flexibility to impose a waiting period to protect against families dropping their private coverage. All of this will be overridden under the new legislation. State SCHIP programs will be dismantled.

    Families will not have a choice between Medicaid and ability to use the new credits for private coverage. Families may be split as children will be forced into Medicaid.

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    4 Responses to States Lose Control, Families Lose Choices Under Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion

    1. John Lloyd Scharf, S says:

      USPS/IRS Health Care

      Of those "50 million," that lack insurance there were 45,000 who died without health care. With health care, 98,000 died FROM health care because of malpractice.

      The question is do we want to trust that largest corporation in the world, the U.S. Government.

      Do not expect house calls anytime soon.

      We have seen how well the government delivers on its promises and its bureaucracies pursue the money without giving us benefits on so many levels. Imagine another organ of the government that only ultimately must listen to the Secretary of the Treasury – another "service" of which is the IRS.

      http://theprogressivecapitalist.blogspot.com/2009

      That blog of mine above has several .pdf connections (HR. 3962 and two summaries, a few videos, and page references for new taxes and other mandates). If you cannot use the link, google "Progressive Capitalist H.R. 3962."

      If you believe the promises of this bill, you have to deal with the lie that it fosters competition with a government option called the "Public Option" and establishes the government as a monopoly making its own rules.

      Don't worry. You'll run out of "rich" soon enough.

      We have at least a$12 trillion economy of which at least $1.8 trillion is spent on health care. If you read the bill, there are plenty of opportunities to soak the middle class, if you do not mind th 1.6 million made jobless.

    2. Leon, Durango, CO says:

      Good one, John, you'll run out of rich people soon! I agree with the deathly cost of Health Care as some of us would be better off without it, government or no. I feel threatened by the idea of government mandated health care where JUNK SCIENCE has moved heavily into health sciences. I think our socialist Universities have promoted Statistics to supplant analysis. The stupidity of global warming shows just how careless these plutocrats are, pure junk but everybody has to give up their life and liberty for it. If they are dishonest (evil) enough to do that, they'll do anything. Health care junk science in the hands of a new American Communist government? No thanks. Read Psychopolitics by Baria. They mean to control us with Psychology and Psychiatry, not to heal us.

    3. Bobbie Jay says:

      It is MALFEASANCE!

    4. Dennis, Overland Par says:

      Can someone answer two small questions, please?

      1. Are there any provisions of Tort Reform in the bill? I presume the answer is NO.

      2. Will all the politicians be treated as ordinary citizens under Health Care Reform, or will they still have their luxurious government-paid-but-not-run Healthcare? I presume the answer is Yes.

      To me, if it doesn't include Tort reform and if the policians are exempt, there's no point in studying it. It's just a waste of time.

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