assumes that the money collected from hospitals in the form of a
2-percent provider fee will not be passed on to those using non-Medicaid
forms of payment for hospital services. This assumption is ridiculous.
Of course the hospitals will pass it on to their paying customers.
and those who support his position believe that money from the federal
government is like manna from heaven. However, the federal government
can only borrow the money it will spend on expanded Medicaid from China,
collect it from taxpayers, or fire up the printing presses. Federal
government money sent to Oklahoma does not come from the Easter bunny or
Santa Claus. It comes from taxpayers or consumers.
misleads readers by reporting that in 2020 the expanded Medicaid
program will cost Oklahoma $32 per person per month. I guess he assumes
there will be no inflation over the next eight years. If inflation was
reported honestly, I believe this cost will be at least 50 percent
higher than the figure Tiffee reported. However, expecting honesty from
the federal government is perhaps expecting too much.
one uses Tiffee’s figures and assumes an 8-to-1 federal match, the cost
per individual for Medicaid coverage would be $288 per month, not the
$32 per month per covered individual that he asserts. That equals $3,656
per year for one person. For a Medicaid household of five persons, this
would cost us $18,260 per year in taxes, debt or devalued currency.
1964, we have spent more than $7 trillion in the “war on poverty” and
we are no nearer to eliminating poverty. Continuing to dole out massive
amounts for programs like Medicaid only encourages nonproductive
behavior by an increasingly large segment of our population.
Why work when everything is free?
—Russell W. Jones, Guthrie