Roy Barnes, former Georgia governor and the Democrats’ nominee for this year, is campaigning against his party’s health care bill that so many of them are so proud of. An AJC/AP story published yesterday points out that while Democrats favor the plan, he will need votes of Independents and moderate Republicans to get elected and they are highly suspicious.
Barnes criticized the plan as “financially devastating” to the state without a plan to get Medicaid costs under control. He is concerned that in 2014 when the federal government cuts back to their normal Medicaid contribution, it will impose staggering new costs on the state. He sees the current Medicaid tab for the state going from the current $2 billion a year to as much as $5 billion a year. This is while the state is going through a big reduction in every program because of lowering tax revenues. (No, the state isn’t likely to raise taxes either.)
One of the biggest shortcomings in Obamacare is that it focuses on health INSURANCE costs instead of healthCARE costs. In many cases it will increase costs. Just the Medicaid issue will probably bankrupt a few states. (Maybe that’s why many of them are suing the federal government to stop the plan.) It imposes increased employment costs on small businesses that are already having a hard time paying their employees.
Many small businesses have dropped health insurance not because they thought people didn’t need it but because of the cost. So what is the Obamacare solution? Force them to pay!
So even some Democrats see the problems with this plan. As the features go into effect over the next few years, and the bills start to arrive, they will become more obvious. But can we stop the monster before it sinks us? The November election results will give a sign.