White House: States rejecting Obamacare expansion save taxpayers $88B

By Nic Horton | The Arkansas Project

A new report released by the Obama White House last week reveals the extraordinary taxpayer savings created by the states that are declining Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion — and how much expansion states are costing taxpayers.

By not expanding Medicaid, 24 states are saving taxpayers $88 billion over the next three years. That is $88 billion that will not be added to the national debt — debt that will not be passed on to future generations of taxpayers. On the other hand, states that have expanded Medicaid through Obamacare are adding roughly $84 billion to the national debt through 2016.

Arkansas stands alone as the only Southern state to expand Medicaid. Our share of new deficit spending is $2.7 billion over the next three years because (believe it or not) there isn’t a giant, endless pot of money in Washington. In fact, every penny of Medicaid expansion spending adds to the national debt.

at The Arkansas Project.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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