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Medicaid Expansion – Know the facts

Dear Editor,

As you know there is a whole lot of hyperbole being thrown around by Governor McCauliffe and his administration who are attempting  to play on your emotions in an effort to get your support for expanding Medicaid coverage in the state of VA.  Well, regardless of any and all hyperbole you hear, I am writing to inform you of the indisputable cold hard facts so you don’t get sold a false bill of goods.  Here are the facts:

1. Virginia money will NOT go to other states, our money will help pay down the federal debt.

2.  Currently Medicaid is 22% of the Virginia Budget and growing at 8% per year.

3.  We already get our fair share - Virginia sends about $65 Billion to DC and gets back about $136 Billion.

4.   Virginia cannot “opt-out” once we are in the Expansion.

5.   Massive FRAUD is present in Medicaid and must be audited and reduced BEFORE adding any more people.

6.   Expansion Reduces service and quality to the truly needy already on Medicaid.

7.   Expansion Reduces funds for other Virginia programs – schools, public safety, other medical, etc.

8.   40 to 60% in the expansion population ALREADY have private health insurance.

9.   Anyone earning less than the 138% above the poverty level is likely to lose their private insurance and be forced to go onto Medicaid which is less care.

10.  The Federal Government essentially bribes the VA state government with Billions of Federal dollars for a few years and then cuts the money spigot off.  Then What?

Please memorize these facts and/or cut them out and carry a copy in your wallet so you don’t get hoodwinked by Governor McAuliffe and those attempting to drain more of your hard earned money from you with their attempts to redistribute it into expanding an already broken and very wasteful Medicaid system.

John Calhoun                                                                                                                                                Mechanicsville, VA

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  1. Dominic Ruibal Reply

    March 28, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Numbers 1,5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 are downright false. As for fraud and errors in the system they account for 2% of total spending. It could be better, but man it could be worse. http://jlarc.virginia.gov/reports/Rpt404.pdf Believe me no one under 138% of the poverty level can afford health insurance, which is why it’s called the poverty level, because these people are poor. The ACA increased taxes on higher incomes and dividends to finance the law. Virginians started paying those taxes in 2011. As you all know, Medicaid expansion is a big part of that law. By refusing to expand, the state is not going to get any of the extra tax dollars it put in, and the money will stay in the Federal Treasury, which will continue to expand Medicaid in other states. To say it is going to pay down the debt is technically true, but misleading. By that logic any tax money collected by the Federal government would do that, but obviously not every tax dollar collect goes to interest payments, let alone to lower the Debt, which as you are fond of pointing out continues to grow. Number ten is pure speculation. You are assuming based on the Administration’s flexibility on individual and business mandates that they will not live up to what is not a “promise” but the law. This is all bologna. These people are working and they can not afford insurance. Most of them live paycheck to paycheck, and one even relatively minor accident or illness can have serious consequences for years down the road. Spending this money won’t make it disappear. It will stay in the state as payments to doctors, nurses, hospitals not to mention the better position our citizens will be in physically and financially. Don’t believe these talking points that is all they are.

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