Obamcare Would Increased North Dakota Medicaid Enrollment By 46%

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Nothing says “solving the health care crisis” like hearing more people onto government health care.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has begun to cave on Obamacare. In addition to hinting that North Dakota might be willing to deploy one of the law’s health care exchanges through a state/federal partnership, Dalrymple has also put the law’s expansion of Medicaid into his Human Services budget.

So what might the expansion of Medicaid mean for North Dakota? A more than 46% increase in the number of people on Medicaid according to the Associated Press:

North Dakota’s Medicaid program now covers about 65,000 people a month. The state Department of Human Services estimates the proposed expansion would add another 30,000 people. North Dakota officials are now considering the expansion. Under the new Affordable Care Act, the federal government would cover the full cost of expanding Medicaid through 2016, with the state’s contribution rising in stages to 10 percent.

The feds will pick up to the “full cost” until 2016, and according to Dalrymple that’s just free money (yes, he really said that), but setting aside the fact that our federal government is in dire fiscal straights and that we North Dakota taxpayers are also federal taxpayers, what about the cost to the state after 2016?

How often do we see the federal government expand programs like this, only to push off much of the expense for the programs onto the states in the future?

As I’ve written before, this expansion of Medicaid is key to making Obamacare work nationally. That alone should be enough to nix any implementation of the law in this state that continues to be overwhelmingly opposed to that law. But even setting that aside, shouldn’t we be worried about what this dramatic expansion of Medicaid might cost the state down the road?

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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  • http://pocketjacksblog.blogspot.com Jay W.

    The feds will pick up to the “full cost” until 2016, and according to Dalrymple that’s just free money (yes, he really said that), but setting aside the fact that our federal government is in dire fiscal straights and that we North Dakota taxpayers are also federal taxpayers, what about the cost to the state after 2016?

    No problem. In 2016 we’ll just mint some of those trillion dollar coins. Free money!

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Don’t give them any ideas.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Why does Dullrymple want to create a permanent underclass in the state with the best economy?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Because…it’s free money from the federal government?

      Until 2016, anyway.

    • opinion8ed

      Next election

  • NDConservative2011

    As the great grandson of a wealthy bonanza farmer as well as a recipient of huge amounts of farm subsidy payments over the coarse of many years, which of coarse in his mind is “free” money, Dalrymple apparently has lost any sense of reality.
    All I can say is “Unbelievable” that a sitting governor would utter such nonsense.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I think one of our biggest problems is that we’re so often bamboozled about where the money comes from. Look at the property tax situation in the state. We act as though the state money buying down property taxes is free money, and not tax dollars we pay. We have the same phenomena between state and federal governemnts.

      It’s all our money. The government, at every level, has no money unless they take it from us first. So whatever level of government the money comes from, it’s all from us.

  • WOOF

    Arizona went for it, ND will too.
    If you get run over by an oil tanker, run out your insurance,
    lose your house and savings, you don’t have to accept
    Medicaid coverage.

  • yy4u2

    Dalrymple is anything but a true conservative. He’s like the smaller wolf of the two wolves n a sheep voting on what’s for dinner. Perhaps it’s just me, but he does come across as being way out of place when I’ve seen him at conservative rallies here in Bismarck.

    • opinion8ed

      He should feel out of place he knows nothing about conservatism

  • opinion8ed

    First of all, I get the creeps when I drive past Casselton. Second, the brag board is classless. Third, this guy is the Chief executive Rhino and probably will be a one term governor. He does not give away as much as the limbs want and he is as far from conservative as you can get. No one is happy with him!

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