Medicaid is now the largest health insurance program in the United State, covering about 74 million Americans with low incomes and disabilities, along with participants in the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Medicaid is costing our federal and state governments enormous amounts of money and the costs are growing – rising from $553 billion in the 2016 federal fiscal year to $565 billion in 2017. That’s about $1 out of every $6 spent on health care in the U.S. It’s hard to comprehend such large amounts. But it’s easy to understand that if Medicaid spending keeps growing it will gobble up larger and larger chunks of federal and state spending. If nothing is done, rising costs will eventually force governments to make massive budget cuts to other programs, raise taxes, cut coverage under Medicaid – or do some combination of all three. And under ObamaCare, Medicaid has expanded, providing increased coverage to lower income families in 33 states and … [Read more...] about Dr. Marc Siegel: The best way to slow Medicaid spending is to help more people escape poverty
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By Jeff Horseman | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: May 25, 2018 at 10:42 am | UPDATED: May 25, 2018 at 10:43 am Should a desire for change overtake 25 years in Congress? That’s the question facing voters in California’s 42nd Congressional District. Democrats Julia Peacock and Norman Quintero and independent Matt Woody are running against Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, who has the longest tenure of any Inland House incumbent. The four candidates are on the June 5 primary ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the Nov. 6 general election. At stake is a seat representing much of western Riverside County, including Corona, Norco, Eastvale, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Murrieta and part of Temecula. Here are how the candidates responded to a questionnaire about their campaigns: KEN CALVERT Age: 64 Resides: Corona Party: Republican Occupation: CongressmanCampaign website: kencalvert.com Endorsements: U.S. Chamber of … [Read more...] about Three candidates hope to unseat Rep. Ken Calvert in 42nd Congressional District
Among Republican candidates to be Colorado’s next governor, a common argument has emerged: Medicaid spending in Colorado, driven upward by the Affordable Care Act, is unsustainable. Victor Mitchell talks about it in a campaign video. Doug Robinson references the concern on his website. George Brauchler spoke of it at the Western Conservative Summit last month: “We have lost the ability to prioritize any spending in our budget for roads, for education in rural areas because of what we’ve done with Obamacare,” Brauchler said. “It has gobbled up so much of our budget.” Is Medicaid really eating the rest of the state budget alive? And could the state move large sums of money to other priorities by slashing Medicaid spending? The answers are complicated — some yes and some no. Let’s dig in. Is Medicaid spending growing relative to other items in the budget? Yes. In the 1999-2000 fiscal year, the budget for the state department that … [Read more...] about Is Medicaid gobbling up Colorado’s budget?