States that have already broadly expanded health care coverage are pushing back against the Senate overhaul bill, arguing that it unfairly penalizes them in favor of states that have done little or nothing to extend benefits to the uninsured.BWAHAHAHA! WHAT FRIGGIN' GENIUSES OBAMA & CO ARE - MICRO-MANAGING EVERY DETAIL - TO SCREW THE BIGGEST BLUE STATES! WHAT FREAKIN' GENIUSES.
With tax revenues down and budgets breaking, the states — including Arizona, California, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin — say they cannot afford to essentially subsidize other states’ expansion of health care.
The bill passed by the Senate on Thursday would move toward universal health insurance coverage in large part by expanding Medicaid, a program whose costs have traditionally been shared by the states and the federal government.
... governors in the states that have done more to broaden coverage are now lobbying their Congressional delegations to eliminate the discrepancies as the two chambers reconcile the bills.
“We are, in a sense, being punished for our own charity,” Gov. David A. Paterson of New York said last week.
... Massachusetts and Vermont, the states providing the broadest coverage, have already received some relief for the anticipated Medicaid costs in the negotiations that led to the passage of the Senate bill.
... The biggest hit to states that have already expanded will be in covering the people who are eligible now but have not signed up for coverage under the state’s current program. They are expected to enroll because the new legislation will require almost all Americans to have insurance.
States that have expanded already would not get any new matching funds for those people. The Senate bill provides additional money only for those who are “newly eligible.”
For example, the federal government would pick up the entire cost for the first two years and 95 percent of the cost for the next three years for newly covered working parents in Alabama, which now covers only those making up to 24 percent of the federal poverty level.
But it would pay just 50 percent of the cost for most of those newly enrolled in California, because California already makes eligible working parents earning up to 106 percent of the poverty level and its Medicaid assistance is set at 50 percent. California would get a more generous reimbursement — about 83 percent — only for parents earning between 106 percent and 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
OH, DID I SAY GENIUSES.
I MEAN FU*KING IDIOTS. OBAMA & CO AND ALL THE LIB AS*H*LES WHO VOTED FOR HIM!