Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Medicaid expansion not what it appears to be

A new Pew Research survey suggesting a deep south split between Republican politicians opposing the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion and citizens who want it serves as a perfect example of the misinformation campaign to promote federal takeover of healthcare.

Results show some 62% of respondents in a handful of states who rejected the expansion think it would be a good idea to expand Medicaid just as Obama and some Democrats want.

But they gloss over a key point we should not miss.

The question is stated as follows: "I’m going to read you some elements of the health reform law. As I read each one, please tell me whether you feel favorable or unfavorable: the law will expand the existing Medicaid program to cover more low income uninsured adults."

This is misleading because many if not most of those caught up in the expansion will not be from the ranks of the uninsured. In fact, the law prohibits people in the health exchanges who qualify for Medicaid from purchasing private health insurance.

If more people understood that, those numbers wouldn't be nearly so high.