Report: Medicaid enrollment, costs swell under ObamaCare expansion

November 17, 2016


Adult enrollment in ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion has more than doubled expectations in states across the country — pointing to ballooning costs that threaten budget dollars for priorities like education and infrastructure, according to a report released Wednesday by The Foundation for Government Accountability.

Newly obtained data from 24 of the 29 states with Medicaid expansions show at least 11.5 million able-bodied adults have enrolled. The FGA says adult enrollment for all these states exceeds projections, by an average of 110 percent. Some states have signed up more than four times as many adults as they expected would enroll.

“A lot of folks on the left will say that this is a huge sign of success — look at all of these people who need coverage and help,” Nicholas Horton, senior research fellow at FGA and co-author of the report, told “My response is that it is not success when you have able-bodied adults who are being trapped in welfare and reducing their incentive to work.”

The swelling enrollment also points to potential budget problems for the states.

Starting in January 2017, states’ share of Medicaid expansion costs will increase to 5 percent and, as noted in the FGA’s report, those costs gradually will rise to 10 percent by 2020. With costs rising more quickly than ObamaCare advocates projected, the FGA expects state budgets to take a hit.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rodney Steward says:

    It was never meant to work, but just destroy another part of our country! It was to force us to be like THE REST OF THE WORLD, one of Obama’s favorite lines, a one payer gov. run system!! This will go down in history as the lost 8 years in America!

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