Before ObamaCare was signed into law, state Medicaid costs had been on the rise, straining state resources and putting health care for the most vulnerable at risk. So when the federal government promised to foot the bill for states to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults the free money seemed too good to be true. And it was.
Enrollment of able-bodied adults in Medicaid expansion has massively outpaced projections, leaving states stuck with a new generation of welfare-dependent, able-bodied adults at a cost millions of dollars greater than they anticipated — or had planned for. It didn’t take long to realize: These states were sold a clunker.