via TPM, this:
The states that declined to expand Medicaid will lose out on a total of $8 billion in federal funds, have millions more residents uninsured, and spend about a billion dollars more on uncompensated care as compared to states that accept the expansion.
That’s the conclusion of a new study in Health Affairs by two RAND Corporation scholars, who model the impacts on the first 14 states that opted out of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which was made optional by the Supreme Court.
In total, mathematician Carter Price and economist Christine Eibner find, the 14 states that rejected the expansion will wind up with 3.6 million more uninsured people, $8.4 billion less in federal funds, and up to $1 billion more in spending on uncompensated care in 2016.
But, but, but…FREEDOM!
I’ll add only this editorial aside: the number that really counts there are the 3.6 million more uninsured.
That’s a lot of human cost, suffering that should not happen. That it comes at a significant dollar cost to the states that so choose to put their citizens in harm’s way is only icing on the cake.
Actually, I can’t resist one more bit of editorializing. As I think about the in-your-face religiosity of a fair subset of those opposing Obamacare, I can’t help but think of what Albert Einstein said on being asked for his message to the German people in the second year of that conflict whose name should have retired the irony prize for all time, the “Great War”:
Honor your Master Jesus Christ not only in words and songs, but rather foremost by your deeds.
That is all.
Image: Jan Steen, The Sick Woman, c. 1663-66
(PS: I’m on the road with very sporadic internet for the next week+. Given my highly sporadic approach to blogging, no one is likely to notice — but if you do, that’s why.)