The reforms to Medicaid proposed in HB 4714 may be well intentioned, but please do not be fooled. This legislation still represents a huge and costly expansion of a failed government health insurance system over which the State of Michigan has very little control.
Healthcare & Entitlements Issues
Yesterday, the New England Journal of Medicine released a new study with dramatic ramifications on the current Medicaid expansion debate. The study measured the effects of expanding Medicaid to 10,000 individuals in Oregon, and showed that expanded access has no “significant improvement in measured physical health outcomes.” As states grapple with the decision to dramatically expand their Medicaid roles, this study should give everyone pause to ask “is expansion really worth it?”
The Senate Appropriations Committee will decide today whether to include the Medicaid expansion in the Senate's budget. Meanwhile, Governor Snyder continues to push for expanding Medicaid to 133% of the poverty level as allowed, but NOT REQUIRED, under President Obama's health care takeover.
The Michigan Legislature will vote Thursday, February 28th on HB4111, a $30.6 million supplemental appropriation for federal funds to help implement a state-federal partnership health exchange. TAKE ACTION NOW to stop implementation of Obamacare.
If lawmakers are serious about improving health care and expanding coverage, then they should pursue reforms that embrace market mechanisms. Expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law is entirely the wrong approach.