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Medicaid Expansionists: You Are What You Eat

Medicaid Expansionists: You Are What You Eat

Despite Gov. Bill Haslam’s commitment—at least for now—to resist federal pressures to embrace Obamacare through the expansion of Medicaid, many leftist parties at home remain bent on opening Pandora’s box in Tennessee. “It’s free federal dollars,” or so they claim, so why doesn’t Tennessee get in the government handout line? Fortunately, Haslam’s administration has thus far ensured that Tennessee stands with the 23 other states that are refusing Medicaid expansion dollars from Uncle Sam. Indiana’s defection reduced the total number of resisting states from 25 to 24, and now we see a prime example of what happens when the chicken comes home to roost.

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana recently submitted his Medicaid expansion plan to the feds, claiming that he remained vehemently opposed to Obamacare and threatening to walk away from negotiations if the Obama administration tinkered with his proposal. Yet, with all the posturing of an elephant leashing the donkey and leading it to water, Pence’s promises appear to fall flat at home. His decision to submit an expansion plan is widely unpopular, and now we are beginning to see the socio-economic consequences in store for Indiana residents.

According to the newly released study by Federalism in Action, a project of State Budget Solutions and the State Policy Network, Medicaid expansion in Indiana will wreak havoc on the state’s economic climate. In Pence’s plan, “Healthy Indiana 2.0,” the state will add $2.9 billion in annual Medicaid spending. In total, it is estimated that Indiana’s private sector will incur $9.5 billion economic losses.

“So what?” At least that’s the knee-jerk reaction from leftists who claim that you shouldn’t put a price on healthcare coverage. It may be tempting to believe that these esoteric dollar signs do not have a harmful impact on average Indianans. But as Dwight from The Office would say: “FALSE”. And here’s why:

  • $9.5 billion private-sector decline means $3,721 less income for every Indiana household; or,
  • No change in personal income, but a loss of 176,928 private-sector jobs.

That’s cooking the chicken two ways, neither of which is appetizing. Unfortunately, unless Pence makes good on a threat to walk away from the expansion discussions, this is what Indianans will be eating for years to come. Let’s hope Gov. Haslam remains resistant to subjecting Tennesseans to the same menu options.

-Lindsay Boyd

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August 8th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Feature, Recent News

Beacon Statement on Government Handout to VW

We are extremely disappointed in Governor Haslam’s decision to give VW nearly $180 million in taxpayer handouts today, especially considering the uncertainty surrounding the company’s relationship with the UAW. Beacon CEO Justin Owen stated “At a cost of $90,000 per job, this is a bad deal for the taxpayers of Tennessee. While Beacon is happy to see VW staying in Tennessee and creating jobs, it comes at a cost that is unfair to the average Tennessee taxpayer, especially considering the recent decision to ignore the will of its workers and let the union into the plant.” In less than four days, the Beacon Center has already received almost 300 signatures from Tennessee residents opposing this act of corporate welfare for a company that permits the union to discard the votes of its workers.

July 14th, 2014 | Beacon Blog, Recent News

Vote Yes on 2 is best path for judicial selection

In a joint Tennessean op-ed, former Gov. Phil Bredesen and Sen. Fred Thompson promote the launch of the “Yes on 2″ campaign, which is supported by Beacon.

Amendment #2 also has the support of such top organizations as the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tennessee Business Roundtable, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, Beacon Center of Tennessee and many others that have already endorsed or are actively supporting it.

You can read the whole article here.

April 29th, 2014 | Recent News

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