While many American families take pride in looking after their home life without the help of welfare programs, under the Democratic Senate Finance Committee plan, many of those families will find themselves relying on government welfare.
In a recent report from the Heritage Foundation, half the 29 million who will acquire health insurance will be added through state welfare programs.
Those proud families, who steer clear of the local welfare office, will now have to stand in line and apply with 14 million other families for Medicaid. Many Washington D.C. think tanks say the number collecting benefits from the government will top 90 million Americans by 2020.
Under current guidelines Medicaid pays doctors and other providers 20-25 percent less money than private sector insurance companies.
Also it is worth pointing to a July Time Magazine article; “There are real questions as to whether the program could handle the strain of that many new clients. Already, it is difficult in some areas to find health-care providers who are willing to accept Medicaid patients.”
Many lawmakers forget that states are under extreme duress from health care costs and this new legislation will only add to the problem. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the cost trends into $33 billion over 10 years. This has many Democrat governors seeing red.
President Obama informed his party in June; “As we move forward on health care reform, it is not sufficient for us simply to add more people to Medicare or Medicaid.”
However, that is exactly what Democrat Max Baucus' legislation is going to do.
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