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Lawmakers Should Reject Calls to Expand Medicaid

Mississippi
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Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

Mississippi legislators are being pressed by special interests to commit to the biggest expansion of government in state history. Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion is fundamentally a question of government’s size and proper role. 

The decision of whether to cede ground should be easy for legislators who value limited government and a safety net reserved for those who truly need public assistance. The fact that Medicaid expansion results in disappointing health outcomes should make opposition to Medicaid expansion an even easier call. 

There’s much that Mississippi lawmakers can learn from other states that adopted Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to cover childless, non-disabled, working-age adults. While the expansion was supposed to be limited to people with lower income, states that expanded—enabled by virtually nonexistent federal oversight—permitted millions of people with income well above the eligibility thresholds to enroll. 

Medicaid expansion states experienced much greater enrollment and spending than they projected. Obamacare has caused the national amount of improper Medicaid spending to soar to a staggering $100 billion a year, per a recent federal government report. There is nothing conservative about such a massive increase in wasteful government spending. 

The full article can be found in Magnolia Tribune.

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