Will President give up any control of Medicaid program to the states?

CATO Institute Michael Cannon on the OReilly Factor

Published on Mar 19, 2013

The CATO Institute’s Michael Cannon spoke at the Arkansas Conservative Caucus on Tuesday March 19th. Several conservatives were present. Cannon talked about how to defeat Obamacare in Arkansas & how the states can stop Obamacare on a national level.

Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times Blog linked an article that I read this morning. Republicans in Arkansas are cited in a very interesting article in politico on 4-7-13 called, “Obamacare foes using it for Medicaid control.” Let me share with you the last few sentences from that article and then ask you a question: 

Some experts are convinced that the wave of Republican governors willing to deal could be short-lived, particularly if the Obama administration’s promised flexibility turns out to be a facade.

Smith, the D.C.-based Republican health care consultant, said the White House’s concept of state flexibility may have narrowed. HHS issued a memo late last month reminding states that even if they buy private insurance with Medicaid money, the beneficiaries will still be considered part of Medicaid. That means they’re entitled to the same benefits as traditional Medicaid recipients — with little room for tinkering by the states.

“The governors are looking for ways to fix Medicaid, and they’re getting mixed signals out of the administration, and I think that is kind of frustrating to governors,” Smith said. “They’re trying to figure out whether there’s going to be any real flexibility.”

Having the talks come to a crashing halt would be just fine with some on the right, who don’t want Medicaid expansion on anyone’s terms and who see any HHS promise of flexibility as a mirage. “Medicaid expansion of any kind is anti-free market,” Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said recently. Rather than any hybrid Obamacare solutions, he said, “We should be taking on comprehensive, free-market Medicaid reform that can improve the health of patients while controlling costs in the long term.”

CAN YOU TRUST PRESIDENT OBAMA TO KEEP HIS WORD AND DO YOU THINK HE WILL GIVE UP ANY CONTROL OF MEDICAID?

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  • David Lloyd-Jones  On April 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Issues of medical care should be between the patient and their doctor. It’s the Canadian way.

    Only in America are people made slaves to insurance companies – and now you want the States to boss the insurance companies around. Feh!

    The community should pay for medical care — the same way the community pays for roads and clean air and water. But government interference with people’s bodies? Government invasion of the bedroom?

    These are unimaginable to free citizens — except in the United States, where they are grist for the mills of intefering self-proclaimed moralists, always and everywhere the most immoral of all people.

    -dlj.

    • Everette Hatcher III  On April 9, 2013 at 6:28 am

      Thanks for the response. The main problem with medical care paid for by the government is that the third party paying system encourages waste. Would you economize if you were paying for a meal versus your wealthy uncle paying for your meal?

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