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Idaho must decide what to do with Medicaid

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 2:43 pm

With the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the vast majority of Obamacare, one provision that was overturned could potentially have a significant impact if some states refuse to expand Medicaid as instructed in the act.

In explaining the rationale for not allowing the federal government to withhold existing Medicaid funding to states that refuse to participate in the expansion, Chief Justice John Roberts said, “The States are separate and independent sovereigns. Sometimes they have to act like it.” He also had strong criticism for Congress’ attempt to force the states into compliance: “In this case, the financial ‘inducement’ Congress has chosen is much more than ‘relatively mild encouragement’—it is a gun to the head.”

Due to the ruling, states will have the option to refuse the proposed Medicaid expansion. In reference to the individual states, Roberts said that they “have a genuine choice whether to participate in the new Medicaid expansion” and that they “may now choose to reject the expansion.”  Parrish Miller/

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  • idaholiberal posted at 10:35 am on Sat, Jun 30, 2012.

    idaholiberal Posts: 179

    It's going to be fun watching the Republican/Tea Party folk toss their ideologies for cash. The Right has no morals when it comes to the dollar.

  • BoxcarBill posted at 11:37 pm on Fri, Jun 29, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    Since when does dealing with the medical industry monopoly have anything to do with anything other than no-brainer?

  • searcher posted at 9:08 pm on Fri, Jun 29, 2012.

    searcher Posts: 365

    How is this even in question? Is there any better return on investment than 9 dollars of return for every 1 dollar put in? That doesn't even count the first year fully funded. Plus, consider the HUGE reduction in uncompensated ER care. That means lower cost of services for everyone. Maybe you won't have to pay $10 for an aspirin at the hospital any more. This should be a no-brainer, as should the rest of the ACA.

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