Medicaid expansion is bad medicine

May 18, 2014 4:40 AM

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Medicaid expansion is bad medicine

Recently on Capitol Hill, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan made the bold choice to speak up in support of Obamacare. Specifically, Hagan criticized Tar Heel State lawmakers for refusing to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s health care law, and lauded the supposed benefits of expansion. While on the surface Medicaid expansion may seem like a good (and politically expedient) idea, a closer look reveals potentially dire consequences for low-income families, hardworking taxpayers, and essential government services like roads and schools. But in the midst of a tough re-election fight, Senator Hagan has chosen to ignore the facts and risks, putting politics over people.

Medicaid expansion is a de facto expansion of Obamacare. Hagan endorsed it anyway, saying “these are some of the most vulnerable in our society.” She is either willfully or ignorantly neglecting the true impact on society’s most vulnerable. The poorest citizens, as well as children, the elderly, the...

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