Heritage Finds an Out for States Under ObamaCare: Abolish Medicaid

The health care legislation currently in Congress not only imposes new costs on states through expansion of the Medicaid program; it also preempts state authority in management of the program. Faced with becoming merely an agent of the federal government, states will likely take the rational and reasoned approach of simply ending the state-federal partnership known as Medicaid… The cost to the federal government to replace the state share of Medicaid, however, would be greater than $1 trillion as the entire Medicaid population would become eligible for the new, more expensive federal subsidies for premiums and cost-sharing. Moreover, the states would no longer pay for Medicare cost-sharing or the state “clawback” for Medicare prescription drugs.

Full report from The Heritage Foundation.

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  1. Larry C. says:

    This would be funny, were it not so sad.

  2. Neil H. says:

    This would be espicially good for Texas and California — two states that are going to have huge problems under any reform bill.

  3. Tom H. says:

    This would be great idea for the states. Of course, it would bankrupt the federal government.

  4. Joe S. says:

    Interesting idea.

  5. Stephen C. says:

    I’m not sure if everone is being serious here, but it does seem like this would be a wonderful opportunity for the states to shed the financial problem of Medicaid and shift the entire burden to the federal government.