Lansing: No to Medicaid expansion

Feb 6, 2014 by AFP

From “The Roanoke Times”

Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before: The government promises honest, hard-working taxpayers one thing, then goes ahead and does another.

Look no further than the President of the United States himself, who now infamously told us all, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

Folks across Virginia – and the country – are leery of promises from the government, and for good reason.

It is with a healthy dose of skepticism that we at Americans for Prosperity-Virginia listen to the folks in Washington when they tell us the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion in the states for the next three years, followed by no less than 90 percent after that.

Does that mean if states like their “free” government health care money, they can keep it?

Betting on an influx of cash from an entity that is teetering on the edge of fiscal ruin is a risky proposition at best and sheer negligence at worst.

Virginia taxpayers deserve better from their elected officials in Richmond, and the risks inherent with relying on the feds to continue funding an already flawed program are just the start.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Urban Institute, Medicaid expansion will cost Virginia taxpayers $1.3 billion through 2022. So much for that free government money.

Even if the federal government keeps its word and continues funding its horribly flawed Medicaid program, the real world effect on commonwealth residents would be devastating.

With Gov. Terry McAuliffe dead set on advancing President Obama’s agenda in the commonwealth, it’s going to be up to folks from every corner of Virginia to take a stand.