Once upon a time, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion seemed like a blue-state fantasy. But that’s hardly the case anymore.
Today, 40 states and the District of Columbia have taken advantage of the Affordable Care Act’s move to open the program to able-bodied Americans with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level. Even Republican-led states like North Carolina have buckled under the expansion wave. And there’s mounting pressure for the 10 holdouts to follow suit.
A new paper from the Paragon Health Institute makes it clear that those 10 states should continue to resist. Medicaid expansion has wasted taxpayer dollars, drawn money away from other programs and patients in greater need, and left enrollees with worse coverage than they had before.