Thousands to lose existing insurance if Medicaid expands

StethescopeThis is the second of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the first post here.

Some Medicaid expansion advocates in Utah believe that, financially, the state can get something for nothing by opting to expand the program under the provisions of Obamacare.

Unfortunately, this contradicts common sense and experience. Expanding Medicaid will not only cost taxpayers millions, but will push thousands off their current insurance coverage.

According to a recent state-funded analysis of Utah’s Medicaid expansion (or non-expansion) options, between 18,119 and 55,542 men, women, and children in Utah will lose their private health insurance coverage by 2023 if Utah policymakers choose to expand Medicaid. These estimates are based on a broad swath of peer-reviewed research on a phenomenon called “crowding out” – the reality that expanding government health care reduces private health care coverage.

According to the analysis, there is no “hard evidence” suggesting that those who lose private health insurance from “crowding out” subsequently enroll in public health care programs. To the extent that they do, it means Medicaid expansion will cost Utah taxpayers millions of dollars to pay for the health care of thousands of Utahns that would have paid for their own health care coverage sans expansion. On the other hand, if Utahns “crowded out” of their private coverage do not enroll in Medicaid, it means Medicaid expansion is actually creating thousands of uninsured Utahns who would have had health insurance if Utah had not expanded Medicaid – creating more of the very problem that Medicaid expansion is meant to address!

Whether out of basic fairness to Utah taxpayers who would be asked to pay for expanded government health care, or from a desire not to pursue “solutions” that create more of the social problem they claim to address, Utah policymakers should avoid Medicaid expansion. Not only will it cost taxpayers millions, but it will needlessly destroy the health care coverage of thousands of Utahns.

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  • Dalene

    I don’t know how you keep showing up on my FB, but Your really starting to piss me off!! I would like to be able to answer these post’s without having to jump through hoop’s!! Why don’t you have a “comment” section at the bottom of your post’s?? I commented on a post of yours, about Glenn Beck!!!! The next morning it had been removed!!! Can’t take differing view’s!!! How pathetic is that!! Everyone in Utah does not think the way you do! Thank God!! Why do you insist on tearing down a program that has not been given a chance!! For my son-in-laws company, to insure his wife and 3 daughter’s, would be $900 a month!!! Who the hell can afford that??? Worry about your own damn self, I am sure you have more than efficient insurance, paid for by your “NON PROFIT” group!!! You don’t pay taxes on that, ssooooo who exactly is paying for your insurance!!! The religious GOP in this state are disgusting!! When is the last time you actually did something for the less fortunate in this wonderful, caring, Christian, family oriented state!!??? Here is my e-mail address….please feel free to comment. I welcome your feed back!!……….I’ll be patiently waiting!! Have a great day!!

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