By Talbert Black, Jr.
Will they ever understand that we don’t want MORE PEOPLE dependent on federal government healthcare and we don’t want MORE TAX DOLLARS going to Medicaid?
H4095, the South Carolina Medicaid Expansion Act, was introduced a day after the SC House passed a watered-down Nullification of ObamaCare bill.
Remember, many members of the House voted against the bill to block enforcement of ObamaCare in South Carolina because, “the Supreme Court said it was constitutional.” Yet they ignore the fact that the Court said, “states are independent and sovereign, sometimes they have to act like it.”
The court explicitly said no state can be forced to expand government health care. Yet our legislature is jumping through Washington’s hoops to force the taxpayers to pay for the health care of thousands of people.
Make no mistake, H4095 expands Medicaid.
Let’s be clear. Here is what you can expect from Medicaid Expansion, according to a study released by Dr. C.L. Gray, MD of Physicians for Reform:
- Medicaid’s under-reimbursement of hospitals and physicians will lead to poorer quality of service, longer wait times, and more difficulty finding a physician.
- Medicaid’s poor outcomes and limited access to physicians will fuel public unrest as the program expands.
- Washington’s reduction of the Federal Matching Assistance Program will saddle states with a growing share of Medicaid expenses, causing state budgets to fail.
- Expanding Medicaid’s inefficiencies will burden economic growth.
Not only will Medicaid Expansion bankrupt our state, studies show that patient outcomes for Medicaid recipients are WORSE than having no insurance at all.
A 2010 study of 893,658 major surgical operations performed between 2003 to 2007, published in the Annals of Surgery, found that being on Medicaid was associated with the longest length of stay, the most total hospital costs, and the highest risk of death.
Medicaid patients were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital than those with private insurance. By comparison, uninsured patients were about 25% less likely than those with Medicaid to have an “in-hospital death.” Another recent study found similar outcomes for Medicaid patients undergoing trauma surgery.
(Scott Gottlieb, “Medicaid Is Worse Than No Coverage at All,” The Wall Street Journal, March 10, 2011)
It is time to end the lie!
Spread the word.
Contact your State Representative today! Tell him or her to kill H4095, the Medicaid Expansion Act.
Last Saturday, I was talking with my own State Representative, Todd Atwater, CEO of the South Carolina Medical Association, trying to understand why he supports this Medicaid Expansion bill.
One of the reasons he gave was, “At least they’ll be responsible for their own health care under this plan.”
My goodness! That is Orwellian Newspeak if I’ve ever heard it!
Putting folks on a government managed health care system will make them responsible for their own health care?
It makes my head hurt trying to comprehend how he can say that with a straight face.
I told Representative Atwater that folks who aren’t on Medicaid are already responsible for their own health care now. He had no response for that.
I’m sure when you call your representative to insist that he kill this bill, you will get Orwellian Newspeak from them as well.
It will make just about as much sense as “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, and Ignorance is Strength.”
Don’t let your head explode.
Contact your State Representative immediately and tell him or her to kill H4095.
It’s time to stop the lies.
Medicaid does not improve health care for the poor!
It makes health care worse for all of us.
This bill has 75 cosponsors — 35 of them are Republicans.
If we don’t flood the phones and emails RIGHT NOW, we may never recover from the effects.
Contact your State Representative TODAY!
You can find your Representative’s contact information here.
Thanks for all you do.
Talbert Black, Jr.
South Carolina Campaign for Liberty
P.S. Thirty-five State House Republicans and forty Democrats have teamed up to cosponsor a bill to expand Medicaid in South Carolina, as called for in ObamaCare.
With 75 cosponsors, H4095 is poised to move lightning fast. It’s VITAL you contact your State Representative TODAY and insist they kill H4095, the Medicaid Expansion Act.