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Medicaid Money Madness

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Higher taxes, less freedom, more fraud, and lower quality medical care for millions… just by expanding Medicaid.

ObamaCare apologists in Raleigh keep pushing Pat McCrory to take all that “free” federal money and expand Medicaid (medical welfare) to cover people who earn more than what the government considers the “poverty line.”

But if North Carolina complies, our Medicaid obligations could double by the year 2018.

This would be a disaster for our state’s fragile economy.  Just because the federal government is pumping out the dollars does not mean this money is “free.” This scheme will cost us billions by creating a new permanent dependency class. We are going to have to cut billions in spending or raise taxes to pay for all these new medical welfare recipients.

But if our Governor takes the Medicaid expansion deal, higher taxes could be the least of your worries. This scheme could mean the death of private health care in America.

But there’s good news – YOU have an opportunity to stop it. Call Governor Pat McCrory at (919) 733-4240 right away and demand he refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion called for in ObamaCare. Click here to find contact information for your state legislators so you can call them, as well.

ObamaCare is designed to completely destroy private sector competition and force all Americans into a government-run system. Let me lay out how their scheme works.

ObamaCare required states to expand their Medicaid entitlements to include young, able-bodied individuals who earn less than 133% of the poverty level. The federal government would only cover the majority of the increased costs for “newly eligible” recipients until 2016, after which the states will begin to absorb a significant portion of the increase. Under the law, only the “newly eligible” qualify for the increased federal funding.

But what ObamaCare stooges are not telling you is tens of millions of individuals already qualify for Medicaid under existing regulations but have never enrolled in the program. In order to avoid ObamaCare’s tax penalty, these tens of millions of individuals are now expected to enroll. And since they do not qualify as “newly eligible,” the resulting cost for these recipients will be absorbed by the state – under the old federal reimbursement schedule.

Medicaid already costs taxpayers half-a-trillion dollars a year.  Imagine how much that number will skyrocket once one in four Americans become eligible! Worse yet, a study by the American Surgical Association showed that individuals on Medicaid are worse off than folks without any insurance coverage at all.

And ObamaCare apologists want to add more people to this failed system!

Aside from the costs and poor quality of Medicaid, the system is rampant with fraud and abuse. And the more Medicaid expands, the worse it’s going to get. In fact, the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is estimated to cost taxpayers $60 billion per year in fraud alone.

Of course, the federal government threatened to withhold all Medicaid funding from states that refused to increase their programs. But the Supreme Court rebuffed the federal government’s attempt to coerce the states into submission.

The Court found that, “The Constitution simply does not give Congress the authority to require the States to regulate.” In the judgment of the Court, “The legitimacy of Congress’s exercise of the spending power … ‘rests on whether the State voluntarily and knowingly accepts the terms of the “contract.”’”

North Carolina simply cannot afford this budget-busting burden.

Call Governor Pat McCrory and tell him not to “voluntarily and knowingly” assist the federal government in this ill-conceived, unaffordable scheme. Tell him to refuse to expand Medicaid as called for in ObamaCare.

Time is running short to stop this scheme; a decision could come at any time. Please take action today.

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