State Rep. Brown left out important facts about Medicaid

2013-12-27T00:00:00Z State Rep. Brown left out important facts about Medicaid nwitimes.com
December 27, 2013 12:00 am

I know Dems love to spend other people's money, but at least they could be honest when they are picking our pockets!

State Rep. Charlie Brown Brown states 400,000 new people could be added to Medicaid with the federal government paying 100 percent of the cost for three years and 90 percent afterward.

He doesn't say the 100 percent covers only those who are "newly eligible" and not the thousands of folks who were previously eligible and would sign up under the expansion at full cost to the state.

He also does not say there is a guarantee that the feds will continue to fund 90 percent of the expansion. Currently, the feds cover about 55 percent of Medicaid costs.

He also does not say the expansion will cost Indiana taxpayers $1 billion between 2014 and 2020, nor that less than 40 percent of doctors are accepting new Medicaid patients.

Brown, like all Dems, loves to portray all these programs as free or paid for by the federal government, but nothing is free!

- Kevin Toth, Cedar Lake

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