Obama's Revised Health Insurance Plan Expands Medicaid Eligibility

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Monday, February 22, 2010
    By Susan Jones, Senior Editor

    (Editor's note: Early on Monday morning, the White House Web site was prominently running a summary of President Obama's health care plan, which called for both a public option and a mandate for individuals to purchase insurance. But by mid-morning on Monday, the White House posted a new plan that expands Medicaid, but scraps the earlier call for a public option.)

    (CNSNews.com) - Until mid-morning on Monday, President Obama's health insurance plan -- featured prominently on the White House Web site -- included calls for both a government-run health insurance option as well as a requirement that large employers and individuals purchase insurance coverage.

    In September, before a joint session of Congress, Obama called for a public health insurance option "to provide the uninsured and those who can't find affordable coverage with a real choice." Obama said the public option would promote competition and "hold insurance companies accountable."

    Most Republicans flatly oppose any government-run insurance plan.

    As of mid-Monday morning, the Associated Press reported that the new White House plan "conspicuously omits a government insurance plan sought by liberals." According to the AP, "The new White House plan would give the federal government the power to regulate the health insurance industry much like a public utility. The Health and Human Services Department -- in conjunction with state authorities -- would be able to deny egregious premium increases, limit them or demand rebates for consumers."

    The new plan posted on the White House Web site does not include a public option per se -- but it would expand Medicaid eligibility to more individuals.

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    Since they can't get the public option the new strategy is to simply make Medicaid the public option.

    Slowly they will increase the income threshold to qualify for Medicaid until everyone qualifies.

    And then they will have accomplished their real goal - a single payer government run health care system.
     
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    And as usual he is not being willing to be honest and up front about it. Pretending like there is no public option.
     
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    Do you see an additional tax burden for the states in this? A stealth tax increase?
     

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