Whether you like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. It has been sustained twice by the Supreme Court, first in 2012 and then again in the King v. Burwell decision. And with the continuation of the ACA, so has the optional expansion of Medicaid.
To date, 31 states have subsequently passed the Medicaid expansion, including most recently Montana and Louisiana. Despite well-founded concerns about costs, enrollment and sustainability, no adopting state has rescinded the program. A number of conservative GOP governors including John Kasich of Ohio and Mike Pence of Indiana have expanded Medicaid in their states.
So what do they know that we do not?
I am in favor of a market-based strategy that will hold down costs, increase affordable enrollment of uninsured Utah citizens and improve healthcare outcomes. I favor decreased use of the ER for non-urgent cases and favor better treatment for such cases …
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Op-ed: Medicaid expansion makes more sense than ever for Utah – Salt Lake Tribune