Editorial: "Medicaid Revisited"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We think it's important to share and comment on analysis made by reputable organizations regarding important issues that affect Alabamians.  The Rand Corporation, as reported by WSFA 12 News earlier this week, just released a report focusing on the 14 states that have decided not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Alabama being one of such states.

Among Rand's findings, these 14 states would collectively spend $1 billion more on uncompensated healthcare in 2016 alone than they would have if they had expanded Medicaid. Another finding was these states "would be subject to the taxes, fees and other revenue provisions of the Affordable Care Act, without reaping the benefit of the additional federal spending."  It's akin to being invited on a family vacation, you turn it down but you get bills in the mail to fund the vacation adventure you were not a part of.  Who would want that?

The last point we'll make today on this study was this finding, "that the cost to states for expanding Medicaid would be lower than the expense state and local governments will face for providing uncompensated care to uninsured residents after implementation of the Affordable Care Act."

So Governor, you are on the record that you don't want to participate but know this … so were other governors and they changed their minds.  I would venture to say they were presented similar findings from their own internal studies that led them to change courses and expand.  We are asking you to do the same.

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