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How Colorado’s Medicaid expansion harms patients

Medicaid expansion would limit access to care for the significant fraction of the currently uninsured who would otherwise be eligible for federal premium subsidies under ObamaCare. It raises costs for state taxpayers, increases costs for people who are hospitalized, and prevents state insurers from collecting millions of dollars in federal subsidy money. Continue reading

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Arkansas Deal with HHS on Medicaid Expansion a Model for Colorado

Health and Human Services has agreed that Arkansas can pay premiums for commercial insurance purchased through the state’s health insurance exchange using the federal funding that would have gone to expand Medicaid. Continue reading

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Twelve Reasons Colorado should say no to Medicaid expansion

Avik Roy & Grace-Marie Turner in National Review present 12 reasons Virginia, or any state, should not expand Medicaid, Continue reading

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Reforming Medicaid with “Health Stamps”

The idea behind health stamps is straightforward. Like food, health is generally considered a necessity. So why not treat it the same way we treat food? Continue reading

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Colorado Medicaid expansion: Denver Business Journal spreads myth of unsinsured cost-shift

Medicaid, through low doctor payment rates, increases insurance premiums. This amount is much more than the amount uninsured people increase premiums when they do not pay part of all of their medical bills. Continue reading

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Instead of expanding Medicaid ghetto, Colorado should emulate Florida’s Medicaid premium support program

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper wants to drag more low-income people into Medicaid, which is notorious for fraud, delivering lousy care, poor access. Instead of expanding this failed government dependency program, Colorado should look at Florida as an example of effective Medicaid reform. Continue reading

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Independence Institute’s Linda Gorman in Denver Post: Hickenlooper’s plan to finance Medicaid expansion is “reckless,” the “pie in the sky they always feed us.”

“Is our current Medicaid program so inefficient that they can magically save that much money on it?” Gorman said. “This is the pie in the sky they always feed us — that somehow, magically, we’re going to reorganize everything and save money.” Continue reading

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Colorado Medicaid Expansion: Remember that health coverage is not health care

John Goodman reviews studies which suggest that there is a severe quality problem in Medicaid. More information can be found in chapter 15 of [his] Independent Institute book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. Continue reading

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Colorado Medicaid Expansion: Seven reasons Colorado should say “no”

Medicaid Is Bad Coverage. The Exploding Medicaid Population. The Woodwork and Crowd-Out Effects. The Cost to State Budgets
Federal Controls. Rampant Fraud. Loss of State Sovereignty Continue reading

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Colorado Medicaid expansion: lousy health care for the poor, big bill for taxpayers

Medicaid is notorious for underpaying doctors so enrollees have poor access to care and poor medical outcomes. Subsidized commercial insurance is a better, but not ideal, alternative. Fiscally, Medicaid expansion is bad news. Continue reading

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