By Woodrow Wilcox
Every U.S. Senator who voted for the health care reform bill (“Obamacare”) “stuck” every State in the Union with a big bill that no State needs right now during a recession and falling revenues.
Because the health care reform bill affects every State by expanding Medicaid and demanding other new State expenditures, the new law will cost states billions of dollars at a time when the states have budget problems already.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration reported that the Senate version of the health care reform bill would cost Indiana $2.3 billion over the next ten years. Much of the costs will happen in the first few years during the transition from the current systems to the new systems under the health care reform bill. The report states that the administrative costs for Indiana to change to an expanded Medicaid would be about $200 million.
Evan Bayh was the only U.S. Senator from Indiana who voted for the health care reform bill (Obamacare). The bill that Senator Bayh supported will cancel at least $450 billion in Medicare benefits to senior citizens, too.
To pay the costs of transitioning to the new health care reform law, every state will have to raise taxes or cut spending on current programs and services. Neither alternative presents an attractive political choice.
© 2009 Woodrow Wilcox