This policy white paper addresses many of the myths that underpin arguments for expanding Medicaid. Specifically, those myths dispelled by the paper are:
- Medicaid expansion will reduce uncompensated care costs to hospitals.
- Medicaid expansion will reduce the number of uninsured Texans.
- By not expanding Medicaid, Texas is passing up “free money” from the federal government.
- The federal government will give Texas the flexibility it needs to create the type of Medicaid program we want.
- Texas could operate an expanded program for a few years, and then if it gets too costly, the state could opt out.
The paper concludes:
There is still no alternative to rejecting the Medicaid expansion proposed by PPACA. For Texas to expand its Medicaid program would be to accept the Obama Administration’s assumption about entitlements and social welfare, that expanded government is the answer to the problems facing the nation. Texas must continue to set itself apart from the rest of the nation, charting a path of limited government, individual freedom, and personal responsibility in the knowledge that a free and successful private sector is the best path to the kind of economic prosperity in which Texans can have access to affordable health care.
Also, please see Part I: Rejecting Medicaid Expansion: There is No Alternative