Sens. Coburn and Burr Fight the Medicaid Expansion
Obamacare’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) uses the bait of taxpayer dollars to incentivize the states to adopt a massive Medicaid expansion. In light of the federal debt that will soon surpass $17 trillion dollars, additional federal spending is extremely imprudent. If left unchecked, Medicaid spending is estimated to cost $4.3 trillion over the next ten years. Moreover, the promise of federal support and federal taxpayer dollars for the Medicaid expansion is just another false promise.
That’s why Senators Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) have introduced a bill called the Preventing an Unrealistic Future Medicaid Augmentation Plan (FMAP) Act of 2013 (S. 963). The bill would repeal FMAP so that the states are no longer falsely led to believe that federal funding will ever come through for the Medicaid expansion.
Sen. Coburn’s message to the states was:
This bill sends a basic message to governors and state legislatures considering expansion: don’t count on the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansions, because Congress has overpromised what it cannot deliver. Realistically, the funding will not be there and the check will bounce
Conservatives know state governments that choose to adopt the Obamacare Medicaid expansion will be saddled with massive expenses in the future for a Medicaid program that has already failed and has been proven not to help improve its recipients’ health – though it does increase health care spending and costs to taxpayers. To be clear, once the Medicaid expansion is adopted, the federal government will leave the states high and dry to cover subsequent expenses on their own.
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) has introduced similar legislation in the House, because he also understands the gravity of the situation and how time sensitive this is. Starting in 2014, when all of Obamacare’s provisions go into effect, it will be much more difficult to loosen America from Obamacare’s grip.