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By Jonathan Ingram, Jonathan Small, and Josh Archambault The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) has proposed a plan to “rebalance” Medicaid eligibility in the Sooner State. Although OHCA’s “plan” so far consists of only a single page of bullet points, what little that is already known makes clear that the plan would gut the existing Insure Oklahoma program and replace it with...[ read more ]

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By Jonathan Ingram and Josh Archambault Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s recent welfare reforms have led to more employment, higher wages, and less dependency, according to a preliminary report published by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Office of Policy and Management. In October 2014, Maine began requiring about 16,000 able-bodied childless adults to work, train,...[ read more ]

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It’s all too fitting and tragic that during the month of April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a recent news story on NBC 2 out of Southwest Florida highlighted an alarming situation struggling local families were already far too familiar with: the rise of children in foster care. Citing new statistics, NBC reports that more than 2,300 children in...[ read more ]

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Arkansas’ Obamacare expansion, commonly known as the “Private Option,” has been a nightmare. Costs have run significantly over budget and the truly needy are being pushed to the back of the line. The Government Accountability Office reported that Arkansas’ approach was simply a more expensive way to expand Obamacare. And, surprise, the promised economic stimulus from expansion never materialized. The...[ read more ]

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For the past several years, Idaho lawmakers have rejected every attempt to bring Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to the Gem State. Earlier this year, they rejected two expansion plans that were so unpopular, they failed to even earn a committee vote. But with the legislative session winding down, there’s another last-minute, backdoor attempt to expand Medicaid on the horizon. The latest...[ read more ]

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For years, hospital lobbyists have promised that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion would kick start states’ economies and produce thousands of new jobs. (Expanding welfare always stimulates the economy, right?) This piece of their Obamacare sales pitch is critical because, according to their calculations, these new jobs will generate the necessary revenue to pay for states’ share of the Obamacare expansion costs....[ read more ]

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Co-authored by Nic Horton, Jonathan Ingram, and Josh Archambault Nebraska legislators are currently considering another plan to bring Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to the Cornhusker state. The proposal would create a new welfare program, dubbed the “Transitional Health Insurance Program,” for more than 130,000 able-bodied adults, costing taxpayers nearly $15 billion over the next ten years. Nebraska policymakers have rejected all...[ read more ]

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It appears so. The taxpayers of Massachusetts have been unknowingly paying for improper spending of their welfare benefits that may very well include paying for dances at strip clubs. An investigation by WWLP, found that “Massachusetts welfare recipients took out more than $236-million in cash in one year.” The station went through more than one million EBT withdrawals at ATMs...[ read more ]

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When New Mexico opted to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, they bought into the whole “free money” scam believing that it would be easy to pay for new enrollees on the state’s Medicaid program. Well, as many level-headed people pointed out, nothing is ever really free, and New Mexico would eventually have to cough up the cash to pay for this...[ read more ]

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According to state law, Arkansas’ failed Obamacare expansion is set to expire at the end of this year. But Governor Asa Hutchinson has proposed overriding that deadline – which he signed into law last year – to continue providing welfare to able-bodied adults forever. Hutchinson’s chief argument is that ending the program would create “a $100 million annual budget hole”...[ read more ]