The myth of Medicaid

Spending on Medicaid threatens to bankrupt State and local levels of government for little benefit. Still liberals insist we need to spend more. Recently, an opinion article by New Hanover County, North Carolina, Commissioner Rob Zapple published in the Wilmington StarNews illustrates how statists contribute to this problem. (Link below)

Mr. Zapple unknowingly confirms how this pervasive and exorbitantly expensive social program threatens our economic stability.  In this tiny North Carolina County (one of one-hundred in the State) Medicaid is administered by a regional medical center, two county departments and a private provider funded 80 percent by Medicaid.

Zapple mistakenly believes that government spending $450 million on this program adds that much “to our local economy.” In reality, that spending on this unproductive program actually removes an equivalent amount from the private sectors at federal, State and local economic levels. One may argue that this humanitarian project is worth the cost, but it is indisputable that it takes the money out of the productive economy to do some assumed social good.

Zapple and this county’s public agencies lobby with the National Association of Counties to multiply increased spending for Medicaid by 3000 times across the country. Evidence shows that this unsustainable program, if not curtailed, will bankrupt State and local governments.

The website below tells the story of how Medicaid over-enrollment in the State of Oregon has led to greatly increased costs with little improvement in health care in that State.



About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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