White House to States: All or Nothing on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 9:05 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.


Romney Endorsed Either Eliminating or Privatizing FEMA

By: Monday October 29, 2012 11:15 am

The Romney campaign responded to Ryan Grim, who dug this up, by saying that “Gov. Romney wants to ensure states, who are the first responders and are in the best position to aid impacted individuals and communities, have the resources and assistance they need to cope with natural disasters.” But that requires a federal response, or else you have the death spiral I previously described, where emergency response must get paid for by taking money out of other areas of the state budget. That’s if primary Romney doesn’t get his greatest wish, to privatize disaster response.

Medicaid Cut Costs in 2012 by Making Its Insurance Less Effective

By: Saturday October 27, 2012 10:00 am

Medicaid spending slowed down in 2012 and similar slowing is expected for 2013. However, it’s being accomplished through precisely the same program that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan endorse for the program – by effectively taking beneficiaries off the rolls.

The data comes from the respected Kaiser Family Foundation, and their annual survey of all 50 states.

Arkansas Study Shows State Benefit from Medicaid Expansion; Conservatives Will Distort It

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:45 pm

Arkansas, led by popular Democratic Governor Mike Beebe, has done a cost analysis of the Medicaid expansion, finding that it would save the state $372 million. The state could face slightly higher costs in the out years. But will conservative governors be swayed by this type of analysis?

Governors Maneuver on Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 16, 2012 2:40 pm

The National Governors Association meeting came and went this weekend without any definitive answers on Medicaid expansion – from both sides of the political divide. Republicans continue to be either adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid for their populations or undecided about the matter. And Democratic governors, for that matter, have not lined up in total support, either.

Over 100,000 Teacher Jobs Lost in Last 12 Months

By: Friday July 6, 2012 3:00 pm

The most important chart when thinking about the economies under George W. Bush and Barack Obama can be seen above. It compares the first-term job numbers of the two Presidents. Both of them endured recessions at the start of their terms, though Obama’s was bigger. But the biggest difference comes in the public jobs numbers. The parabolic arc on private-sector jobs is broadly similar, although Obama’s are better. But the difference on public-sector jobs is intense.

States Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Could Reduce Their Rolls Without Consequences

By: Thursday July 5, 2012 6:48 am

Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News sketches out a terrifying scenario for Medicaid in states that opt out of the expansion. Not only could they refuse to cover low-income adults up to 133% of the federal poverty line, but they could actually roll back their current Medicaid plans without any consequence.

What Can Be Done to Fight Republican Governors Resisting Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 4:33 pm

Is there a way to rescue Medicaid in Red States? After all, if Republican governors value their positions, they’ll fall in line with the prevailing opinion of their hardcore base, which clearly falls on the side of rejecting government-run health care and opting out. So what are the options here?

Why Logic Won’t Work in the Medicaid Expansion Debate

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 1:30 pm

The right vs left debate about Medicaid expansion may be played out in public as about costs to states and who should bear them, but the back drop may just as easily be about ideological views about who’s deserving and who’s not, which means we may be dealing with race.

Probation as a Revenue Scheme for Cash-Strapped States

By: Tuesday July 3, 2012 9:50 am

If you liked for-profit prisons pushing tougher sentencing and leading to a sharp increase in the warehousing of US citizens, then you’ll love for-profit probation.

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