Who Says We're 'Ill-Informed' On Medicaid Expansion?
Who says we’re “ill-informed?” Well, Shawn Day at the Virginia-Pilot does so in an opinion piece aimed at the opposition to Medicaid expansion in Virginia. His article misses a lot of key facts that are covered in a much better article by Michael Tanner in the New York Post. Michael explains how Medicaid will cost taxpayers over $600 billion while leaving our poorest residents at the mercy of the shrinking pool of doctors who still accept Medicaid.
At Americans for Prosperity Virginia, we know the facts. Expanding Medicaid in Virginia will inflict a $1.3 billion dollar tax increase. One in four doctors aren’t even accepting new Medicaid patients – and the ones already enrolled in the program do not experience a better quality of health care. Is that rational policy?
In 2011, UVA conducted a study that showed Medicaid patients are 13% more likely to die than those without insurance. Why would anyone be supportive of expanding a policy that acts like a meat grinder to ordinary Americans? As we as AFP-VA have said before, this fight isn’t just about our economic freedom; it’s about people too. It’s immoral to cram more people into a system that simply just isn’t working.
Over the next year, we will be taking this fight against Obamacare and expansion to targeted legislative districts. Specifically, to the district of Senator Emmett Hanger. Senator Hanger needs to be reminded why implementing Obamacare through Medicaid expansion only hurts the neediest residents in the Commonwealth. Please call 540-885-6898 or email@example.com to tell Senator Hanger to oppose the expansion of Medicaid.
Shawn’s factually-challenged op-ed was really just an attempt to give cover to Senator Hanger. Help us remind Hanger of the real facts by calling his office today.
Tell Senator Hanger that Medicaid expansion in Virginia is bad for it’s residents, our economic liberty, and our future. It’s simply a fatal dose of government intervention that no one needs – and doesn’t address the real problem facing our health care system: the more government is involved, the higher costs become.
Be on the lookout for our 2014 strategy to be released over the next few weeks. Until then…
Virginia State Director
Americans for Prosperity