Twelve Reasons Colorado should say no to Medicaid expansion

Avik Roy & Grace-Marie Turner in National Review present 12 reasons Virginia, or any state (like Colorado), should not expand Medicaid:

  1. Virginia’s Medicaid spending will explode
  2. Medicaid harms the poor.
  3. Medicaid’s access problems will get worse as more doctors drop out.
  4. Claims about job creation are exaggerated.
  5. Claims about coverage expansion are exaggerated.
  6. Medicaid raises premiums for those with private insurance.
  7. Medicaid’s undercompensated care is a bigger problem than providing uncompensated care for the uninsured.
  8. Expanding Medicaid will expose [states] to immense amounts of fraud and waste.
  9. [States] will be exposed to higher Medicaid costs when Washington recalculates its matching payments.
  10. By rejecting the Medicaid expansion, Virginia encourages other states to do the same, reducing waste of taxpayer dollars.
  11. Medicaid will worsen the cycle of dependence and harm the economy.
  12. Exchanges will provide better health outcomes, far less fraud, and fiscal certainty.

Read details on each: Twelve Reasons to Say No – National Review Online.

For more on Medicaid expansion, see posts on .

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