Earlier today I posted a blog which excerpted Sarah Hurtubise\’s article at dailycaller.com, in which she contends that ObamaCare is responsible for hospital closings in Georgie (and, presumably other states as well).
I thought the article made lots of sense. But, in fairness, there is another side which also makes sense. So, in the interests of fairness, I urge you to also read John Perr\’s article at crooksandliars.com (don\’t hold your breath waiting for crooksandliars.com to ever do the same.)
A few excerpts:
Bynow, millions of Americans–most of them in red states– are growingfamiliar with the “coveragegap.” Thanks to their rejection of the Affordable Care Act\’sexpansion of Medicaid in states they control, GOP leaders are leavingat least five million people in an insurance “dead zone,”earning too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to obtainfederal subsidies to purchase coverage on their own. As a recentHarvard study suggests, that Republicandead zone will a very real body count, with as many as 17,000people forecast to needlessly die each year for lack of healthinsurance.
ButGOP obstruction won\’t just kill people in places like Texas,Mississippi and many more. As the caseof Georgia shows–where over 600,000 residents will fall into thecoverage gap and as many as 1,175 will die this year–Republicanpolicy is killinghospitals, too.
Andthe funding is virtually free to the states. The federal governmentwill pay for 100 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion until2017 and 90 percent after that. The loss to rejectionist red statecoffers, the Commonwealth Fund found, is staggering. As USAToday summed it up:
By2022, Texas could lose $9.2 billion by not expanding Medicaid asallowed under the Affordable Care Act, while Florida could lose $5billion over that period, the study conducted by The CommonwealthFund shows…Also during that period, the study showed, Georgia couldlose $2.9 billion, while Virginia could lose $2.8 billion.
Is Ms. Hurtubise making more sense than Mr. Perr? Or is it the other way around?
That, of course, is for you to decide. But at least you have both sides to consider.
Oh, one other thing: crooksandliars.com being crooksandliars.com, this line was thrown in:
InOhio, GovernorJohn Kasich\’s decision to take Washington\’s money will actuallyproduce a $400 million surplus for the Buckeye State (one whichRepublican legislators want to give away in the form of more taxcuts).
Don\’t you just love it? Handing surplus money back to the people who paid it is giving it away. You cannot make this stuff up.