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Another reason to be glad that Roy Cooper did not join anti-health reform lawsuit

horseWe know that the frivolous lawsuit launched by politically ambitious Republican attorneys general around the country does not pass muster on its legal merits.

But the complaint is also full of factual errors.

Here is what the anti-health reform lawsuit says:

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA)estimates that at least 80 percent of persons who have some form of health insurance but fall below 133 percent of the federal poverty level will drop their current plans and enroll in Medicaid, because they are newly eligible under the Act. The federal government does not offer any funding for these persons, because they qualified for insurance other than Medicaid prior to passage of the Act. These persons represent a significant additional cost to Florida under the Act.

Here is what the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities says:

The lawsuit states (without citing evidence) that the vast majority of people with other health coverage will drop their coverage when they become eligible for Medicaid and then claims that “the federal government does not offer any funding for these persons, because they qualified for insurance other than Medicaid prior to passage of the Act.” This is simply incorrect. For any individuals who were not previously eligible for Medicaid, the state will receive full federal funding to cover them in Medicaid for the first three years. The federal contribution will then scale down to 90 percent by 2020 and thereafter.

Thanks Cooper, for not embarrassing North Carolina.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by NC Justice Center, Adam Linker. Adam Linker said: Glad NC did not join embarrassing anti-health reform lawsuit http://tinyurl.com/2eldlru […]

  2. IBXer

    April 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

    And yet the public continues move further and further away from Obama and Obamacare with every day that passes and we learn more about what was in the bill that no one bothered to read before it was passed.

  3. Over Taxed

    April 29, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Full federal funding means taxpayers have to pay – there shoudl eb a penalty and a wait period for dropping private insurance ot get on the dole! The federal governement does not have an unlimited supply of money and neither do the taxpayers.

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