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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Medicaid sinking Illinois

Yes, I get that the pension costs in Illinois are through the roof. ERISA -- a 1974 congressional act that protects private pensions -- does not cover government workers.

But what is really sinking Illinois's state budget is Medicaid. In order to receive $12 billion in federal money, the state must pony up $8 billion next year.

That is a whopping 22% of the state budget. State after state after state faces the same dilemma.

The medical industry has milked state taxpayers dry by providing the poor routine services at emergency room prices. If states said no, hospitals would stop giving routine treatment in ER.

Reining in Medicaid is long overdue, yet the medical industry's lobbyists are persistent. People will die!

Odd that the two most tax-exempt industries in America -- higher education and hospitals -- have jacked up their prices thanks to student loans and government programs, while the taxpaying industries keep prices low.

Reining in Medicaid would free money for roads, schools, prisons, and other state services.

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  1. Wanna destroy the medical industrial complex? Strike at the root. Abolish occupational licensing .

    1. Doc, I'd be genuinely interested in hearing more about your idea if you see this post and have a couple minutes to reply. I would've thought that frivolous lawsuits caused the higher prices.

  2. Look out for your own state. I was shocked to find that South Carolina is the 6th worst state in terms of actually funding state employee pensions. You never know when your state will go the way of Illinois and Connecticut--or how far down the road it already is!