Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Told Ya So (Part XIV)

As we've noted for a while now, a plurality (if not a majority) of those signing up through the Public Exchanges have enrolled in Medicaid, not "commercial" insurance plans. This is itself problematic not just for the sustainability of the ObamaTax, but as it turns out, for the newly-enrolled themselves:

"States are working through hundreds of thousands of backlogged applications due to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, but the administration is threatening to cut funding for dealing with them."

Since Medicaid is run by the 58 states, this creates somewhat of a dilemma: are the states capable of cutting through the backlog (let alone funding these new beneficiaries) or are their citizens destined to hang in Medicaid limbo for the foreseeable future?

By withdrawing not just active support, but actual financing, how are the states supposed to process this influx?

A partial answer comes from HHS Secretary Shecantbeserious herself, whose grasp of logic (if not common sense) is underwhelming:

"[She] theorized that looming cuts would incentivize states to get their backlogs under control as soon as possible."

Alternate version: the chocolate ration has been increased from 20 grams to 15.
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