The old saying in government is that if you want more of something then subsidize it, if you want less of something then tax it. That is what we’re seeing with Medicaid expansion. The subsidy carrot is being dangled in front of states through Medicaid expansion to incentivize the herding of more people into a system that already fails to deliver healthy outcomes to those it currently serves. As that system founders under the weight of expansion, then more taxes will be necessary to fund the increasing size of the system, meaning less jobs, therefore more people in the system, and less coverage resulting in less healthy outcomes . . . . repeat, ad nauseum.
We are subsidizing sickness by government mandate.
Medicaid already underserves the people it is supposed to benefit, and that is before any expansion. Pushing more people into a system that, in many cases, provides worse health outcomes than for those that have no insurance at all is akin to poisoning through small doses.
To use another analogy, Mississippi Democrats are proposing pouring a bushel of fresh apples on top of a bushel of spoiled ones. We know what happens to the good apples in that scenario.