The president's budget proposes to rescind ObamaCare's cuts to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments in 2014. As I explain in a National Review Online op-ed, this proposal demonstrates that:
- ObamaCare is not likely to reduce uncompensated care in 2014.
- ObamaCare won’t reduce the deficit.
- Hospitals can stop crying poverty.
- States don’t need to expand Medicaid to protect hospitals.
Related to that, Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) have now introduced legislation (technically, an amendment) that would rescind those cuts, thereby increasing Medicaid spending. This reinforces the four points above, especially the part about states not needing to expand Medicaid.
Interestingly, both Stabenow and Blunt are flip-flopping and/or betraying their principles. Stabenow the Democrat is repealing part of ObamaCare, while Blunt the Republican is increasing government spending.