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August 8, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Rebuttal


Carriage Towne News

---- — 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.

This isn’t rocket science. The 24 states that are accepting federal funds — provided under Obamacare to expand health insurance for the poor — will get fewer people showing up at emergency rooms who can’t pay. In those states that’ll mean less cost shifting to businesses. They’ll be more competitive — and more inclined to invest, grow and hire — than their rivals in states with higher costs, like Florida.

The federal government has offered to cover the full cost of expanding health insurance in Florida and other states for three years, and 90 percent of the cost in later years. For Florida, that breaks down to $51 billion in federal funds, matched with $3.5 billion in state funds, over the next decade.

We realize that federal money, like state money, comes from taxpayers. But taxpayers aren’t getting a refund from Uncle Sam if Florida turns down its share of dollars from Washington.

Adding another million Floridians to the insurance rolls also will create more than 100,000 new health care jobs, according to some studies.”

The right wing ideologues are refuted by their own corporate brethren who know what is in their best business interests.

In short, Medicaid expansion makes absolutely fiscal, moral, business, an old-fashioned common sense for the state of New Hampshire to have. We don’t need any contrived foundations and their susceptible followers to obscure these facts and tell us how to run our own state.

George Manos

Danville