Mike Pence’s Obamacare Medicaid Expansion: Reading Between the Lines

On January 27, Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) announced that after months of backroom talks with the Obama administration, Indiana would implement Obamacare’s Medicaid welfare expansion. Although Pence claims he received unprecedented concessions from the federal government, those concessions are little more than window dressing on a new welfare entitlement for able-bodied, working-age adults. Worse yet, many of the “concessions” are far less than advertised.

Pence’s Obamacare Expansion Slashes Skin In The Game

The original Healthy Indiana Plan, designed by former Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN), required individuals to contribute up to five percent of their income in order to receive Medicaid benefits. The minimum contribution required was $160 per year.

Gov. Pence’s Obamacare expansion guts these requirements. Under the “deal” negotiated with the Obama administration, Indiana may not charge able-bodied adults in its Medicaid expansion more than two percent of their income. For those choosing the “Basic” benefit package, the minimum contribution is zero. For those seeking the plan with extra generous benefits, such as vision and dental, the contribution starts as low as $1 per month.

Shockingly, Medicaid expansion enrollees might not have to pay at all. The Pence plan allows any third party to pay all of the required contribution. So much for “personal responsibility.”

Read the full article at Forbes by Christie Herrera, Jonathan Ingram, and Josh Archambault.