Medicaid Expansion May Be The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Despite the best efforts of some depraved Republicans to try and eliminate Medicaid, this particular healthcare program has continued to grow and thrive over the years and now recent studies have found that expanding Medicaid may very well pay for itself in the long run. A study out of the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research has found that the expansion of Medicaid generates approximately half a billion dollars per year. Just last year, the state voted in favor of expanding the healthcare program designed to help low-income individuals and families so that it now reaches more than 90,000 people.
What’s particularly amazing about this study is the fact that Montana is notorious for being a state that learns towards conservative values. Nevertheless, the Republicans in government are doing everything they can to undermine medicaid because trying to convince them to do something that is actually beneficial to the working class is like attempting to teach string theory to a sock puppet. Fortunately, where the federal government has failed, the state governments have been there to pick up the slack.
Currently, 32 states have already voted to expand Medicaid since the Supreme Court gave the states the right to do so in 2012 and, given all these success stories, I wouldn’t be surprised if all 50 states expand their healthcare programs by 2020. Even as we speak, a few of those 18 states have been petitioning to place Medicaid expansion on the ballot for the next election including Idaho, Missouri and Utah. And it’s not just the University of Montana. Last year, the University of Michigan talked about how ripple effects of Medicaid expansion led to the creation of more than 30,000 jobs with most of those jobs being in the private sector. So despite staunch opposition, it’s clear Medicaid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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