Dalrymple: Funding For Obamacare Medicaid Expansion Is “Free Money”

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“North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple makes four Republican governors who’ve decided to back an expansion of Medicaid to their poor residents under President Barack Obama’s health care law,” reports the Huffington Post. “Dalrymple submitted a bill to the state legislature last week proposing the state broaden Medicaid.”

I wrote about Dalrymple slipping the implementation of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion into his budget for the Department of Human Services last week. It’s a frustrating flip-flop for Dalrymple who seemed opposed to implementing Obamacare back when the Supreme Court upheld the law:

The fact that the Supreme Court decision permits mandated health care coverage does not mean that the Obama administration’s health care plan is good policy for the nation. The health care plan is wrong for North Dakota. Our citizens want the freedom to make their own decisions about their health-care coverage.

Instead of embracing government-run health care supported by a tax on the American people, we should be pursuing market-based reforms that make heath care more affordable, that encourage greater participation and provide Americans with more choices.

I call on Congress to enact meaningful reforms that reflect the wishes of the American people.

But now Dalrymple is telling the local media this:

In an interview after the hearing, Dalrymple said the national spotlight on the expansion program and its ties to Obamacare can sometimes make issues seem more difficult, and believes this might be one of them.

“We try to leave the politics out in the hallway when we make these decisions. In the end, it comes down to are you going to allow your people to have additional Medicaid money that comes at no cost to us, or aren’t you?” he said. “We’re thinking, yes, we should.”

At no cost to us? Is Governor Dalrymple forgetting that federal money is not free money? Are we not all federal tax payers too?

And is that the deciding factor, whether or not the money is “free” federal money? How about we ask, does North Dakota really need a Medicaid expansion? We hear Dalrymple and others brag about the strength of the state’s economy. We have rock-bottom low unemployment. We have growing personal incomes.

When our state is prospering, do we really need to be expanding our health care entitlement programs?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Emil Kashuntz

    We must make sure no Republican acts sensibly. That is how we got Mitt elected. The more bullheaded and ignorant we are the more we will appeal to the Tea Party, and gun nuts. Remember what NRA stands for NO REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE. We must run sensible people out of the party it has worked so well up to this point.

    • Onslaught1066

      Hey Lime, Hazen Elementary called, they want you to stay away from the kiddies.

    • Quinn Martin Productions

      Hey it’s Mike the self proclaimed socialist!! Sieg Heil!!

  • sbark

    Free Money??? wtf?………16 trillion in Debt, this is more intergenerational transfer or wealth.. Money gets transferred to today’s voters, via borrowing or printing.
    The trillion-a-year debts being run up nowadays are to be paid off by some future generation, either our grandchildren or those not yet not even born.
    The present-day voters are simply transferring money to themselves, and handing the debt and unfunded liabilities of 100 trillion more to workers several decades further downstream. Very few of those future taxpayers are aware of the debt burden they’ll assume or even alive to do anything about it.—they are too busy playing PS3 and learning to shoot up public buildings…….

    • $8194357

      As well as “internationalist bankers” redistributing American
      labor and wealth thru debt and fiat ponzi for the global good comrade …

  • nimrod

    This “free” money is expensive.

    • $8194357

      Typical RINO/Dem politician…
      Federal money is free money…
      17 trillion in debt sure isn’t free to me…
      Borrowing 40 cents on every dollar spent kind of free..
      Fiat paper ponzi 100% inflation kind of free…
      useful idiots one and all, huh.

  • SusanBeehler

    I have never know our state government especially human services to turn away Federal money. Actually Human Services touted the benefit of child support linked with TANF. Child support would make $3 for every $1 they spent on welfare, in “bonuses” from the fed. So they would even train caseworkers in techniques to interrogate clients to uncover any hidden resources they might have, it was a money maker, and people believed welfare was being paid by their state taxes; it was on the backs of non-custodial parents.

  • HG

    There ought to be a law that prohibits the fed from buying state and local gov’t. No federal funds allowed in state and local gov’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Meza/100000002241648 Matthew Meza

    Yeah, I wish there was a better option last November.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      You’re not alone.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Dalrymple has been living off of “free money” (O-P-M) his entire life and always will!

  • VocalYokel

    For Spendrymple the Taxpayer’s money is free.
    I’ll say one thing for him…it was pretty clever to run as a Republican.

    • $8194357

      (it was pretty clever to run as a Republican)
      Worked for Hiedi as well…

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Democrats do well running as Republicans. Republicans should try it sometime.

    • Opinionated

      Exactly

  • Opinionated

    Captain clueless spouting again. This is exactly why we are 16.4 trillion dollars in debt. This man is already running for re-election so bring on the list of voters that he must give handouts too. Remember after the flood in Minot he wanted to give away free money to flood victims and would have till told that would be illegal. If he wants to act like a Demorat then we throw out the Rino and elect the rat

  • Slickwilly

    I’m a repub and I voted for Taylor. I have never trusted dahlrymple. Now I know why. “Free money”…that’s the dumbest thing he has said yet.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    The assertion that federal money is “free” should move the legislature to make that statement alone grounds for impeachment due to malignant stupidity. That federal money is not “free” in the strictly economic sense is the least of it. It is bait with barbed hooks in it.

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    I will never vote for him again…

    • camsaure

      You can always leave that space blank, sure beats holding your nose.

  • SportsDoc

    One thing to watch closely for is if the Fed $$$ ever go away or sunsets, the program would stay and the state would have to fund it on its own at that point.

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