AFP-New Jersey communications director Mike Proto delivered testimony today in opposition to Bill S2644, which would expand Medicaid eligibility in New Jersey.
As background, under ObamaCare, states have the option to expand Medicaid eligibility for childless adults up to 133% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL), roughly equivalent to $30,000 for family of four. The federal government would pick up 100% of cost for first 3 years, declining to 90% thereafter. In New Jersey, an estimated 300,000 people would become eligible.
Click here to listen to Mike’s testimony (starting after the 13:00 minute mark) explaining why the Medicaid expansion is bad for taxpayers and, perhaps more importantly, bad for patients. Note: Following Mike’s testimony are remarks from Sen. Ronal Rice (D-28), Sen. Bob Singer (R-30), Sen. Samuel Thompson (R-12) and Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19, Committee Chairman).
The Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens moved the bill 7-2-1 with support from Senators Vitale (D-19), Madden (D-04), Buono (D-18), Whelan (D-02), Gordon (D-38), Rice (D-28) and Singer (R-30). Senator Addiego (R-08) abstained and Senator Thompson (R-12) voted no.
A companion version in the Assembly has not yet been introduced. AFP will alert activists when the bill is posted and up for a hearing in committee.