Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Trojan Horse of Federal Assistance

Last week, we linked to this article on 'coercive Federalism.'  Today, we sat in on a panel on the same topic.  Many of the examples they cited were Medicaid related.  Here are the highlights:

  • There isn't one example of the Federal government making Medicaid better or cheaper; Federal intrusion into Medicaid invariably leads to Higher Costs and Lower Quality.
  • Medicaid has grown because of Federal Mandates.
  • Center for Medicaid Services always piles bad regulations on top of whatever bad laws Congress writes.
  • Obamacare "made a lot of things worse."
  • Federal Money with strings "is one of the ways the Feds are taking over state governments."
  • This is an insidious way to nationalize the standards of uncompetitive states.
  • The Federal government is running deficits for the states.

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