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VA Medicaid Expansion is a FARCE!

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First, the President has essentially admitted that his legacy legislation (the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare) is unworkable by changing/delaying it 20 times. It has been changed another 17 times either by congress or the US Supreme Court.

The most important part of Obamacare is the mandates forcing individuals and employers to buy insurance. The mandates are required to balance the risk pools with the hopes of bringing down costs. However, the President has delayed every mandate. And the reason is because he has realized this law is hurting millions upon millions of people. Why on earth would we want to rush into expanding Obamacare when the President is pulling away from it?

Second, the Department of Social Services recently requested money from the General Assembly to handle a backlog of over 40,000 applications for Medicaid in VA. And the actual number of people affected by this is much larger because almost every application has at least two applicants. If we can’t handle what we have before expansion, how are we going to handle another 250,000 to 300,000 more people in the system?

The proponents of expanding Obamacare in VA are not considering reality. They live in a world of academic fantasy where Uncle Sam promises “free money” from Washington and pretend there are magical elves working for the state that can process hundreds of thousands of applications with a sprinkling of fairy dust.

The real tragedy here is that the poor are being used as pawns by the Governor and the Hospital CEOs in an attempt to bring in money that cannot possibly provide the services needed. If the Governor gets his wish, he will soon forget those pawns and move onto the next money grab from Washington.

We first must separate Medicaid from the budget so counties can properly fund their core services and the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission can continue its work of reforming Medicaid.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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