While nearly 600,000 truly needy individuals with disabilities are trapped on Medicaid waiting lists, ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion redirects limited taxpayer resources to a new welfare class of able-bodied, childless adults that puts them at risk. An FGA study found that every ObamaCare expansion state with available data has enrolled more able-bodied adults than they expected to ever enroll. On average, these states have enrolled 110% more adults than expected.
State spending on Medicaid increased 71% in the last 10 years, making it one of the largest and fastest growing line items in state budgets. Because it is growing faster than state revenues, the program siphons away resources from other budget priorities, like kids, cops, and roads. Medicaid expansion throws gas on this spending fire.
Medicaid expansion already makes welfare for able-bodied adults a higher priority than services for the nearly 600,000 seniors, children with developmental disabilities, individuals with brain injuries, and other vulnerable individuals currently languishing on waiting lists for needed Medicaid services. Mounting overruns will soon exacerbate pressure on policymakers to shift even more money away from the truly needy and towards ObamaCare’s able-bodied adults.