Recently, the Mississippi Senate rejected two proposals to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. Naturally, this move has been met with criticism from folks on both sides of the aisle, but the critics have a fundamental misunderstanding of ObamaCare expansion, what it has done to other states and how expanding Medicaid would be disastrous for a state already struggling to make ends meet.
Mississippi has a population of 3 million people. In January, 747,477 people were enrolled in the state Medicaid program. To put that into perspective, that’s about one quarter of the state population receiving benefits.
If ObamaCare were expanded, the state could expect to see even more able-bodied adults enrolling in the program — at least 358,000. That would mean nearly 40% of the state could be on Medicaid, and that would ravage our state budget.