In Some States, Poorest Out of Luck on Health Care Reform
Governors didn't expand Medicaid
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2013 12:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – As the full rollout of ObamaCare draws near, the New York Times reports that millions of the nation's poorest citizens will remain ineligible for help getting insurance even when the new laws go into effect. It all depends on where they live: More than two dozens states—including Rick Perry's Texas—have opted not to expand Medicaid as part of the overhaul. People in those states who fall below the poverty line will find themselves in a frustrating spot: They won't be eligible for any help getting insurance, even though people who make slightly higher incomes can get federal subsidies. It's a little convoluted—and the Obama administration is worried it will get blamed, instead of the governors—but some quotes in the story bring the point home:

  • “A lot of people will come in, file applications and find they are not eligible for help because they are too poor," says the director of an interfaith group in Texas. "We’ll have to tell them, ‘If only you had a little more money, you could get insurance subsidies, but because you are so poor, you cannot get anything.’"
  • “If the breadwinner in a family of four works full time at a job that pays $14 an hour and the family has no other income, he or she will be eligible for insurance subsidies," says an expert in Louisiana. "But if they make $10 an hour, they will not be eligible for anything.”
  • “In states that do not expand Medicaid, some of the neediest people will not get coverage," says the president of a child advocacy group. "But people who are just above the poverty line or in the middle class can get subsidized coverage. People will be denied assistance because they don’t make enough money. Trying to explain that will be a nightmare.”
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May 31, 2013 3:13 AM CDT
"More than two dozens states—including Rick Perry's Texas—have opted not to expand Medicaid as part of the overhaul." What does Obama have to do with state governors being too greedy/stuck up to expand their Medicaid? Sounds to me like they are intentionally screwing the poor and trying to put the blame on Obama. What about all the other states that DID expand their policies!? The fact that they would use the poor as political pawns like that disgusts me. And besides, the US and Russia are the only "industrialized nations" WITHOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. Why should your health be treated like a car sale? (wiki has sources listed)
May 30, 2013 9:09 PM CDT
The Obama administration should take the blame for once again leading people to believe that his actions were not meant to pander for votes. He made a big mess even worse. BUT he got the votes he needed.
May 27, 2013 7:48 AM CDT
This doesn't bother me in the least?Does it really bother you?I took my health into my own hands twenty years ago.I don't do any medication a doctor prescribes me because you will get the side affects of the drugs you take,so why do them.There is something growing on this planet that will cure everything we get and some plants will keep us from ever getting ill in the first place.A person doesn't have to go to the Amazon to find the plants either.They grow here in the US.These kinds of stories will only scare the ones that can't help themselves and want the easy way out.The easy way out is going to kill us all.I'm with Rick Simpson on my healthcare.