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Interesting aspect of the Affordable Care Act

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Generally speaking, the red states are “takers” rather than “makers”: they rely on Federal aid heavily, and receive much more in aid from the Federal government than they pay in taxes. This is somewhat puzzling, given their rancorous condemnation of “moochers” who “suck the Federal tit” and all that, but it’s a fact. (Dana Milbank had an entertaining column on this phenomenon in the Washington Post last year.)

At any rate, the red states seem to have decided that they should stop accepting Federal money—and stop accepting a lot of it:

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Note: Total is for all states in foregoing and gaining groups.

I saw that in this interesting post by Don Taylor, which begins:

At present, 24 States (and DC) have decided to move ahead with the Medicaid expansion provided for in Obamacare, and 21 have rejected expansion, while 6 are still considering their options. If the current decisions hold, it will result in a self-imposed redistribution of money from poorer (and typically Red states), to richer (and typically Blue ones).

According to an analysis I have done using Kaiser Family Foundation data–in 2016 alone–the 24 expanding states will receive $30.3 Billion additional federal dollars, while those not expanding will forego an additional $35.0 Billion they could have had (the fence sitters have an aggregate $15.2 Billion at stake in 2016). . .

Continue reading.

The article at the link contains some useful links.

Written by Leisureguy

28 October 2013 at 10:24 am

Posted in GOP, Government, Healthcare

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