The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Medicaid Expansion “Success”?

Feb 2, 2015

The Obama administration is hailing the recent decision by Indiana’s Republican governor to expand Medicaid coverage in his state under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But this “expansion” is based on a lie.

Hundreds of thousands of poor people in Indiana will be offered Medicaid coverage for the first time. The administration says it hopes other Republican governors who up until now have resisted the expansion of Medicaid in their states will follow Indiana’s lead.

But the plan is not what it seems. Because as part of this “expansion”, the Obama administration is allowing Indiana to force current Medicaid enrollees to pay premiums for their dental and vision care–or lose those benefits. And Indiana is forcing all newly covered enrollees to pay premiums and co-pays for all their care–or be barred from any Medicaid coverage for up to six months.

This is not coverage! Especially for people who do not have the resources to pay: It is a way to “extend coverage” while continuing to block thousands from actually getting it.

It’s a fraud perpetrated by the Obama administration and Republican governors so they can all look good.