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View Diary: Seriously, Florida. WTF? (283 comments)

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  •  Medicaid (0+ / 0-)

    Who is going to pay for these expanded Medicaid patients when the federal funds are scheduled to stop? Sure the states are refusing now because they know the future will bring a trillion dollar deficit for the states when the federal government stops covering Medicaid.

    Still the Pollyannas sit and wrings their hands declaring the fiscally prudent states are turning away Medicaid funds and refusing to cede control to Washington. Well of course, if anyone has proved to be irresponsible with money that would be Washington and specifically the current administration.

    •  Charles and David Koch would pay for it. (0+ / 0-)

      After all, this country has given them a lot more than it has given most people here. It's time to even it out a bit.

      Obama presented plans that would raise the billionaire's taxes today. All it takes now is for the Republicans to pass it and our money worries are over.

      The ball is in the Republican's court. If they do nothing, they will be the cause of many deaths.

    •  CORRECT info: fed/state balance & state svgs. (1+ / 0-)
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      kfunk937

      please note the last paragraph.

           the federal government will bear nearly 93 percent of the costs of the Medicaid expansion over its first nine years (2014-2022).  The federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost of covering people made newly eligible for Medicaid for the first three years (2014-2016) and no less than 90 percent on a permanent basis.
          The additional cost to the states represents a 2.8 percent increase in what they would have spent on Medicaid from 2014 to 2022 in the absence of health reform, the CBO estimates indicate.
          This 2.8 percent figure significantly overstates the net impact on state budgets because it does not reflect the savings that state and local governments will realize in other health care spending for the uninsured.  The Urban Institute has estimated that overall state savings in these areas will total between $26 and $52 billion from 2014 through 2019.  The Lewin Group estimates state and local government savings of $101 billion in uncompensated care.

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