Friday, February 28, 2014

Walker's Reason to Reject Medicaid Expansion...GONE! The Truth is...he Lied.

Is it even possible that after all this time, one of Scott Walker's biggest decisions was just part of a massive public con job? Guess so.

It's amazing how Walker's cleverly concealed misdirection play that denied Medicaids expansion took this long to be exposed as false. PolitiFact
Did "federal reneging" on Medicaid payments to Wisconsin...?

...there’s a major problem in Walker’s contention. The federal share -- known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, or FMAP, fluctuates annually and varies from state to state based on a formula dating to Medicaid’s inception in 1965 … "designed so that the federal government pays a larger portion of Medicaid costs in states with lower per-capita incomes relative to the national average.”

In other words, the standard federal share of Medicaid costs is not promised or guaranteed to hold steady; it must only stay between the statutory minimum of 50 percent and maximum of 83 percent.
Walker is also using the Medicaid funding losses from the now expired stimulus program to prove his claim:   
In fact, Wisconsin saw its federal rate rise from 2009 to 2010, and also got a big additional bump to more than 70 percent for almost three years under the federal stimulus law and a subsequent legislative action, both of which applied nationally. Finally, Walker cites new costs states will have to pick up under Obamacare … but two experts told us they do not represent a broken commitment.

John Peacock, research director at the left-leaning Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, agreed. "If we took advantage of the Medicaid expansion funds, we would get a much higher matching rate that is locked in (under the law.)"
But typical cost-sharing fluctuations, based mainly on a longstanding formula, explain the extra state burden -- not any reversal of course or pulling back on a commitment by Washington. We rate Walker’s claim False.

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