The Obama administration, is proposing to allow states to make recipients pay higher co-payments and other premiums, leading to higher bills for millions of low-income people.
The Supreme Court said that states would have the option, rather than be required, to expand the program to more people, the New York Times reports. Yet the White House insists on extending Obamacare’s plan to Medicaid and many people who were not eligible before.
Who’s paying for this? Guess.
That means that once again Obama wants to bypass the states that are being run by Republican governors and legislatures far more than Democrats.
But that couldn’t be his reason, right?
The administration said state Medicaid officials could offset the costs of expansion by charging higher co-payments and fees for doctors’ care, making recipients pay more for prescription drugs and non-emergency visits to emergency rooms.
The feds make the rules and the states pay.
The proposed rule, which was published last Tuesday in the Federal Register, calls for simplifying standards that limit states from charging Medicaid recipients. For example, under the new proposal, a family of three with an annual income of $30,000 could be required to pay $1,500 through premiums and co-payments, the Times says.
But what has become customary of this administration, they have not adequately defined what constitutes “non-emergency” services. It was a far different situation before the 2,700 page law was enacted.
Not more confusing, less confusing and cheaper.
The administration claims charging recipients would save federal and state governments millions of dollars. With Obamacare, at least 11 million more people are expected to go on Medicaid, which already covers approximately 60 million people.
Do the math.
The administration has said people seeking insurance will use a single streamlined application for Medicaid and for federal subsidies to help pay for private coverage.
Has anyone ever seen something that is “streamlined” by the government?
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