NJ Spotlight points out today that “New Jersey would save more than $6 billion in healthcare spending over the next nine years, if Gov. Chris Christie opts to expand Medicaid eligibility, according to a report released yesterday by NJ Policy Perspective (NJPP). “If the governor opts for expanded eligibility, the feds will cover 100 percent of the costs of both General Assistance and FamilyCare from 2014 to 2016, with the state’s share gradually rising to 10 percent by 2020,” explains NJPP.
What’s not to like about it? Oh… It’s a Democratic plan … an Obama plan … it’s a “spend more money” plan… an “increase the size of government” plan … It only helps the “takers” … national Republican base hates it … we already provide enough Medicaid coverage … after 2020 NJ would have to actually pay 10% … we can’t trust government not to increase our share later … it does nothing to help Christie’s gubernatorial warchest.
For the record, Gov. Chris Christie in an interview on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” in July said, “Medicaid is pretty well expanded in our state already because of the legacy of previous Democratic governors” and noted that he is leaning toward not raising the program’s eligibility limit any further.”
So why has Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott decided to implement it? According to the Advisory Board Company, “23 states have decided to participate and 3 states are leaning toward participation.” Among the 13 states not participating, 8 are southern states that would benefit the most.