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Jim Clyburn: “Gimme Gimme Medicaid”




U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) – one of America’s staunchest anti-liberty, anti-prosperity lawmakers – is pushing to expand Medicaid in South Carolina under president Barack Obama’s signature socialized medicine law.

Clyburn and fellow liberal lawmakers in Georgia and North Carolina have formed a “State Medicaid Expansion Caucus” aimed at convincing leaders in all three GOP-controlled states to accept additional Medicaid funding associated with “Obamacare.”

We think Clyburn should check his math …

Last November FITS published an exclusive report detailing the projected rise in Medicaid enrollment in South Carolina under “Republican” Gov. Nikki Haley.

According to data from the governor’s own Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), Medicaid enrollment is set to soar by 16 percent in the fiscal year that began on July 1 – which is triple the projected rate of growth in the previous fiscal year .

That astronomical figure – which will cost South Carolina taxpayers half a billion dollars – is more than three times higher than the average growth rate in states that didn’t accept Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.  In fact it’s higher than the 12 percent average growth rate of states that did  accept Obamacare’s expansion.

All that after Haley had the audacity to tell The Wall Street Journal  that South Carolina “will not expand Medicaid. Ever.”

Earlier this year,  The Washington Post  published Medicaid expansion data for the six months from October 2013 to March of this year. According to the data – compiled by Avalere Health – South Carolina added 53,600 new beneficiaries to its taxpayer-subsidized rolls over that time period. That’s the fourth-highest total out of the seventeen non-Obamacare states studied. Not only that, South Carolina’s growth rate of 5.4 percent for the period was nearly double the non-Obamacare average increase of 2.8 percent.

Again … Clyburn needs to check his math.  South Carolina is growing Medicaid by leaps and bounds – and doing so in a manner that will pass on maximum costs to Palmetto State taxpayers.  Unlike Obamacare growth – which the federal government is subsidizing at 100 percent through 2016 (and at 90 percent thereafter) – South Carolina will have to pick up at least 30 percent of the “Haley-care” expansion.

That’s not a reason to embrace Obamacare … it’s a reason to refrain from expanding the state’s Medicaid population under any circumstance.

Which brings us to our most important point: If South Carolina’s economy is recovering the way Haley keeps telling us it is – why is there an explosion in dependency?  If more South Carolinians are working than ever before thanks to the so-called “Jobs Governor,” shouldn’t Medicaid be shrinking?

Or at the very least not growing at such an exorbitant rate?

Exactly …