Many of Maine’s policymakers have already fallen for the siren call of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
At first glance, expanding Maine’s Medicaid program looks like free money since Uncle Sam has promised to pick up the entire tab for the first three years. Well, don’t be fooled.
In reality, nothing is free. An independent analysis estimates the cost to Maine taxpayers to cover Medicaid expansion over the next 10 years at $800 million.
Even without expansion, Medicaid has already set Maine on course for fiscal ruin. As a percentage of state General Fund spending, Medicaid spending has nearly doubled over the past 15 years, increasing from 13% to over 25%, crowding out funding for schools, natural resources, transportation, public safety, and other critical services.
Sadly, Maine has turned into a welfare state; it is time to reverse the trend, not double-down on dependency.
Maine has a choice… we can either trust Pres. Obama to fund expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied, working-age, childless adults OR Maine can reject the optional Medicaid expansion called for under Obamacare.
Solutions exist to our health care problems, but expanding Medicaid is wrong for Maine.
Tell your Senator and Representative to vote "NO" on Medicaid expansion!