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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If Medicaid Expansion Is Struck Down, Could Unemployment Benefits Be Next?

Wednesday afternoon the high court considered whether the proposed expansion of Medicaid under health care reform breaks the federal-state partnership on health care for the poor.

The 26 states opposing the law say they can’t afford to expand their Medicaid rolls so they’ll have to pull out of the program and lose the federal money that helps them run it. Under health care reform, Medicaid will cover an additional 16 million people with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Obama administration says the federal government will be picking up most of the tab for the Medicaid expansion. But the states say they’re worried that the federal government won’t follow through on that promise.

If the court strikes down Medicaid expansion, it could have far-reaching consequences.

Lester Feder of Politico Pro writes:

A broad ruling by a conservative majority in June against Medicaid could shake the shared legal foundation of landmark legislation, including unemployment benefits, the Civil Rights Act and the Clean Air Act. And that, said George Washington University’s Sara Rosenbaum, would “completely change the balance of power of federalism.


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  • Anonymous

    More fear mongering.

  • Lolita

    That would be neat. The feds are way too powerful already.

  • Jan Knote

    I was listening yesterday (3/27) and you mentioned “preventive” things included in the Affordable Care Act.  I need to tell you the difference between “preventive” and “early diagnosis.”    Examples of “early diagnosis” are mammograms and PSAs,  etc,  They are not preventive.    “Preventive things are immunizations and not much else.   Getting exercise, not smoking, wearing seatbelts and helmets, eating well, etc., are also preventions.   Things that if done would save billions in medical care.   Just trying to educate people.   You are not the only one mixed up on this issue.    Sometimes I think the government uses incorrect terminology on purpose.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ASRXGIBLT6KEAGMQMJKQYJCAYQ Scott

    OMG, the sky is falling the sky is falling!!!!

    Why don’t you run around screaming that ALL social programs will be in jeopardy, why not shout out that funds for kindergarten students to have healthy meals will be canceled (no one would be against that would they), mandatory immunizations will be deemed illegal too (and polio will make a swift comeback and affect the majority of our children).  Come on you can think fo a whole lot of other things that you can scare people unnecessarily with.

  • Anonymous

    When it comes to unemployment it’s been a tale of two recessions, with level of education playing an unprecedented role in whether you’ve been pink slipped or not. Getting a degree from High Speed Universities is the only solution

  • Lavada

    People b*tch and moan about too much Big Brother and government in their lives.
    If that’s the case, then start back on the road to becoming more “self sufficient” and personal responsibility.

    A suggestion for all of those out their with the problems of obesity, diabetes, cancers, etc. I’m talking about all those dis-eases which make the USA the sickest people on earth.
    Did you ever think the problem could be with your diet and bad habits?Eating processed foods including the junk variety, smoking, too much white refined sugar, alcohol, a sedentary lifestyle in front of the TV, etc. is causing your problems in the first place.

    Americans seem to want to continue their bad habits and debaucherous ways and expect the health care system to fix you up, so you can return to do what caused your illnesses and ailments to begin with. What a pathetic cycle? Lurching from one crisis to another. A drug culture of too many prescription medications keeping Big Pharma in the black.

    One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive.  The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.  (Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb.)

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