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

Posted By Adam Linker On April 26, 2010 @ 3:17 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

horse [1]We 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 [2]:

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 [3]:

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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[2] says: http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/MSNBC/Sections/NEWS/A_Politics/healthcare.pdf

[3] says: http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3161

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