Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"No to Obamacare." Is it that simple?

I was reading this article* from Austin American Statesman, which discusses the results of saying "no" to the federal health care law upheld by the Supreme Court. Gov. Rick Perry stated that about one fourth of the Texas population was uninsured, which makes up about 12% of the uninsured population in the United States.

According to the author, states that reject the law's Medicaid expansion risk opening up another "hole" for the uninsured people of their state. Not only do the states risk this problem, they may also be funding the states that do accept the Medicaid expansion. Here is a quote from the article about this issue: "You are still paying for that coverage expansion but not getting the benefit of it," said Herb Kuhn, president of the Missouri Hospital Association. "So you as a state are exporting your dollars to another state. If you have some adjoining state that accepts (the Medicaid expansion) then you are basically sending your dollars to your neighbor."

Since the Supreme Court allowed the state officials to make the decisions regarding the federal health care law, many are waiting to see the results of this Presidential election to determine their final decision. With Gov. Perry saying "no" to the Medicaid expansion, about 1.3 million Texans will not have the chance to obtain health insurance for which they may be eligible.

I recommend this interesting article because it shows some of the details in regards to saying "no" to the federal health care law.

*Zaldivar, Ricardo A. "States saying no to 'Obamacare' could see downside." Austin American Statesman. Article. Published July 17, 2012. Accessed July 17, 2012.

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