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August 8, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Rebuttal

Medicaid Expansion Rebuttal

I am rebutting the article written by Sue Carroll opposing Medicaid Expansion (Carriage Towne News, July 25, 2013). Her piece relies on data from the Conservative Foundation for Government Accountability. This Foundation follows a right-wing ideology and skews to fit it. As disclosed in the Tampa Bay Times, its founder actually resided in Maine when he left to be a carpet bagger in Florida:

“Last year, Tarren Bragdon left the conservative think tank he started in Maine to launch a new one in Florida...Experts warn that a growing number of think tank organizations have been trying to pass off their opinions as unbiased fact. The organizations, they say, already have a working set of conclusions before they do any research...Experts warn that a growing number of think tank organizations have been trying to pass off their opinions as unbiased fact. The organizations, they say, already have a working set of conclusions before they do any research.here is plenty of evidence to suggest facts from the Foundation for Government Accountability should be taken with some skepticism.”

(Lucy Morgan, Times senior correspondent.)

If there is a “hoax” being perpetrated on the people, it is by these right wing extremists with their phony think tanks. Also, the only “tyranny” here its by their group that seeks tho manipulate the public discourse with thinly veiled propaganda. The facts are actually quite the opposite, as stated in an editorial in the Orlando Sentinel:

“In a recent news conference, leaders from a pair of coalitions made up of some of the top businesses in Florida and around the country — including Walt Disney World, Lockheed Martin, Walmart and General Electric — said expanding coverage would save employers big money on the cost of insuring their own employees.

Here’s why: When people without health insurance show up at hospital emergency rooms for care they can’t pay for, the cost gets shifted to others who can pay — patients with health insurance. And that marks up the cost of health coverage for businesses by 30 percent, according to one of the coalition leaders.

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