URGENT - House Committee Hearing Bill to Expand Medicaid!

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.- James Madison

 

CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on HB1901!

The House Government Oversight and Accountability committee will meet today to take testimony on House Bill (HB) 1901 sponsored by Representative Noel Torpey (R-029). HB 1901 expands Medicaid despite the frequent and overwhelming votes by Missourians saying we want nothing to do with Obamacare! HB 1901 isn't the basic expansion package. It's been re-wired to look and feel different. The bottom line, it's still Medicaid expansion and the taxpayers of Missouri cannot afford it!

When asked, Missouri voters have overwhelmingly rejected various aspects of Obamacare such as the individual mandate and bureaucratic establishment of a healthcare insurance exchange.  There is no doubt that if a vote to overturn Obamacare were placed on the ballot it would pass overwhelmingly!

CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on HB1901!

Supporters of Obamacare and its associated big government spending aren’t taking their defeat during the past legislative session lying down! They continue to pull out all the stops to convince the Missouri General Assembly to expand Medicaid.  It’s bad policy, it won’t help those who proponents say it will help and it will increase the federal debt and our share of it!

Most of us are asking, “what part of NO to Obamacare – any part of Obamacare – do you not understand from Missourians?!”. 

CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on HB1901!

But what if Medicaid expansion works? It doesn't. We have a "gold standard" review of Medicaid expansion and it is a proven failure!

Oregon received permission to conduct the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment (OHIE). They; surprise, surprise didn't have enough money to put everyone who would otherwise be eligible for Medicaid expansion on it. So instead they conducted a controlled group experiment. The results?

  • Emergency room visits by those who received expanded Medicaid coverage WENT UP 40% compared to those who had NO coverage,
  • Costs went up for providers (and taxpayers),
  • There were NO significant health care outcomes!

Many Republican governors and legislatures are trying to disguise Medicaid expansion using different techniques such as those contained in HB1901. These include paying insurance premiums, etc. Fact of the matter is that Federal dollars will be spent on these programs. The Federal government is not a reliable partner. Missouri will be asked to put money into the Medicaid pot robbing from education and other areas of important state spending. Either that or Missourians will be asked to increase taxes.  Problem is, many of those voting to place this new burden on taxpayers will no longer be in office when the chickens come home to roost!

Missourians voted overwhelmingly for Proposition C in 2010. They voted overwhelmingly again in 2012 for Proposition E.  Missourians rejected the President’s bid for re-election by a comfortable nine point margin! Missourians DO NOT support Obamacare or any of its elements such as Medicaid expansion!

CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on HB1901!

The “selling” points seem to be grouped into four main areas:

 

1.      The federal government will be funding it for “free” for the first few years.

  • False - It is not free it is our tax dollars and borrowed Chinese funds (40-46% borrowed). Missouri would not be adding almost $6 billion to the federal debt/deficit by rejecting expansion.

 

2.      Missouri’s Medicaid money will be spent in another state if we don’t’ take it.

  • False – Missouri is a recipient state receiving more dollars back than we pay in federal taxes. Medicaid funding is primarily based on the number of recipients/services delivered. It’s not like highway funds that can simply be moved away from one state to another.  Any state will be reimbursed for their Medicaid program based on the recipients/services provided not on what money is available because another state did not expand Medicaid.

 

3.      Expansion will create jobs.

  • Unsupported – This is based on a study performed by the University of Missouri and a North Carolina company.  Similar studies performed in the past have proven completely inaccurate. Any jobs created by Medicaid expansion are really government jobs being paid for in the private sector by federal and state taxpayer money.

 

4.      Better healthcare outcomes will result when more people have access to government provided healthcare.

  • False – There is no reliable data available to support the statement. In fact, Oregon’s Health Insurance Experiment results show that expansion DOES NOT result in anything but nominal healthcare outcome improvements but DO significantly increase healthcare facility utilization and costs.

Your immediate attention is required to prevent more government spending. CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests. Tell them to vote NO on HB1901!

Implementing Medicaid expansion will not only exacerbate the reliance on federal funds but place the state at financial risk with no way to pay for the expansion WHEN the federal government changes the rules. Let there be no doubt they will change them at some point – they have in the past and absolutely no reason to think they won’t in the future!

But it’s not only the cost to state taxpayers of nearly $6 billion in federal funds but using data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, it could cost the state anywhere from $1 - $3 billion of state funds through 2022.  Missouri taxpayers cannot afford to expand Medicaid. CLICK HERE to let your representative and senator know you OPPOSE Medicaid expansion.

Thank you for your activism. Grassroots soldiers have shown they are effective all across the state.  You have already been seeing the grassroots impact in statements from legislative leaders saying NO to expansion.  Without consistent support and backing, it will grow more and more difficult for them to continue to say NO! 

Now it is time to reinforce your NO vote to your legislators.  We must remain engaged to protect our liberties!

 

Sincerely,

 

Carl Bearden

Executive Director

United for Missouri

 

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