Medicaid Expansion Harms Thousands

PUBLISHED: 10:46 PM 19 Mar 2018

Thousands Have Died On Medicaid Waiting Lists Following Medicaid Expansion Through Obamacare

Thousands of people are dying on waiting lists in numerous states across the country thanks to ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.

Since the implementation of Obamacare, numerous states have spent a massive amount of taxpayer dollars expanding Medicaid for able-bodied people while those who need it the most are dying on waiting lists.

When Obamacare was first passed by the democratic party and signed into law by former President Barack Obama, those who supported it believed it would benefit the people who need the most help.

However, since it has been implemented, this has turned out not to be true seeing as numerous states have spent a massive amount of taxpayer dollars expanding Medicaid for able-bodied people. As a consequence, thousands of disabled individuals are being put on waiting lists, where they are being kept until they die.

According to a report done by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), “there are more than 650,00 individuals on Medicaid waiting lists for needed home-[based] and community-based services.” In general, those on the waiting list have “severe intellectual disabilities, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, severe developmental disabilities, and more,” meaning that they need more assistance than the average person.

Out of the 650,000 people on the list, 250,000 of them live in one of the 38 states that have opted to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults through Obamacare. Disturbingly, since the expansion began, at least 21,904 on the waiting list have died.

Although Obamacare did not create the waiting lists, the report by FGA suggests that the expansions to Medicaid that have come as a result, “are increasing the likelihood that truly needy individuals will never get the help they need.”

This is due to the fact that the expansion has been and still is “diverting billions of dollars to able-bodied adults.” In 2017, for instance, taxpayers reportedly spent roughly $66.6 billion expanding Medicaid when they could have used that money to help those on the waiting lists.  

According to the FGA report, the three states with the most waiting list deaths are Maryland, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

In Maryland, the wait time is about seven-and-a-half years and at least 8,495 people have died. In Louisiana, the wait time is about six-and-a-half years and at least 5,534 people have died. And in New Mexico, while the wait time is, quite astoundingly, ten-and-a-half years, there have only been 2,031 deaths.

Fortunately, before concluding their report, the authors at FGA proposed three solutions to help fix the “broken Medicaid system.” First, they called on states to stop expanding Medicaid through Obamacare. Second, they mentioned implementing work requirements to get able-bodied people off of government assistance. Third, they brought up cracking down on welfare fraud.

Sadly, Obamacare is not the only terrible health care law currently being supported by liberals.

Earlier this year, for example, the California State Senate voted to approve an utterly disturbing new health care law written by liberal students at the University of California, Berkeley.

If the bill is ultimately signed into law, universities would be required to provide abortion medication to their students. This is because, according to supporters of the legislation, women have a “constitutional right to end a pregnancy.”

State Senators in California passed a piece of legislation, known as SB 320, requiring all of the University of California and California State University campus health centers “to offer abortion by medication techniques.” This basically means that universities will be required to provide students with abortion pills, which can be taken up to 10 weeks into a pregnancy.

The medication, however, will reportedly only be offered “to the extent that private money [sic] are made available for funding,” which means that they supposedly will not be using any money from student fees or the state’s General Fund to implement the proposed law.

Instead, “a private consortium that includes the Women’s Foundation of California, Tara Health Foundation, and a private donor has agreed to pay for implementation,” which is estimated to cost about $14 million.

“I firmly believe that all students should be able to decide what to do with their own bodies and when to factor a family into their life,” explained Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), the primary sponsor of the bill, in its defense. “After all, women do not lose the constitutional right to end a pregnancy simply because they are a college student,” she added.

Shockingly, Leyva and other supporters of the bill believe that on each UC campus, between 10 and 17 women will likely seek a medical abortion every month. On each CSU campus, though, they estimate the number to be between 9 and 15. This means that, in total, universities would be forced to help facilitate the deaths of roughly 228-384 helpless fetuses every single year.

Thankfully, though, despite SB 320’s widespread support in the largely liberal state, there are still numerous people brave enough to speak out against it. For example, Anna Arend, the Northern California Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America, recently pushed back against law during recent a Senate education committee hearing.

“These students have formed a coalition to oppose SB 320 due to the horrible realities of RU 486, the abortion by medication technique, and the dangers that it would bring to their campus,” argued Arend, adding, “and the simple fact that abortion pills are not a factor in student success.”

Clearly, the health care policies proposed by the authoritarian left are absolutely awful. Hopefully, those who truly care about those truly in need will eventually come to realize this and abandon the democratic party.