Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Looks a lot like a Kentucky death panel

Kentucky's Medicaid program is in a state of chaos and Governor Beshear has called a Thursday press conference to announce he intends to make it much worse in a big hurry.

If you think this doesn't matter to you, you are wrong.

First, you may be forced into Medicaid despite drastic shortages of willing providers, horrific mismanagement of the program in Kentucky and despite your better judgment.

If your income is below 138% of the federal poverty level and you have health insurance through your employer, your days may literally be numbered.

Under ObamaCare and with the Medicaid expansion Beshear craves, state General Fund losses will swell. That impacts all of us.

And if you qualify for Medicaid, you can expect to be forced to join it, even if you have been working your tail off at a job offering low wages but decent health coverage. That's because the "health insurance exchange" many will be forced into will refuse to sell you health insurance under any circumstances.

This video comes from a Chamber of Commerce speech given Wednesday by Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange Deputy Director William Nold:

And one key fact they really don't want you to know is that anyone previously eligible for Medicaid but on private coverage now does not get the temporary 100% match from the federal government. Bad coverage and unaffordable is not exactly a winning combination. Thanks again, Governor.