Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about expanding Medicaid in Mississippi under the Affordable Health Care Act, and I would like to discuss that here with you this evening. I believe there are 3 critical questions we must ask ourselves:
Do we believe that government is better suited to provide healthcare?
Can we afford it?
Do we have enough facts to make an intelligent decision?
I believe the answer to all 3 questions is NO.
First, it is without question that competition in the private sector results in better quality and creates a more efficient provision of services. We should be discussing how to provide better health care through innovation and private sector involvement, not through expansion of more government.
Secondly, we simply cannot afford it. It is projected that Medicaid expansion would cost Mississippi $1 billion over the next 7 years. The only way we could pay for such a thing would be to increase taxes or cut vital government services such as education, corrections, or public safety. The democratic leadership claims that we would get FREE money from the federal government for expansion. Do not be misled; this is not true. Those federal dollars are your tax dollars as well. You will pay for any expansion that occurs. Republicans are standing in the gap to make sure that does not happen.
Thirdly, it appears that there is so much uncertainty about the viability of this program that we simply should not do it. Every day we receive new information about expansion that brings the wisdom of this Act into question. It is simply bad public policy, and Republicans will not stand for it.
Finally, it should be noted that the only reason we are having to have a special session to reauthorize and fund the current Medicaid program is because the Democratic leadership - in an effort simply to make a political point - led its members to vote against these measures during the regular session. Such a move was irresponsible and misguided and is causing you to incur the cost of a special session.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-09-02 21:28:36 GMT
The search is over for the missing Mississippi 17-year-old at the center of the weekend Amber Alert. Katelyn Beard's body was found Tuesday before noon, off of Darden road, near the scene of a morningMore >>
The coroner said her body had been dumped for at least two days, and she was shot in the head.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:18:00 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Katelyn Beard's body was found during a search by local law enforcement Tuesday morning. More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:17:29 GMT
Tracy Lynn Garner is being sentenced, Tuesday, in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to an Atlanta woman's death. Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberatedMore >>
Garner was convicted Friday evening after the jury deliberated for about five hours.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:07 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:07:52 GMT
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert MahaffeyMore >>
Labor Day weekend has a special significance for alligator hunters in Mississippi. A few days into the start of this year's hunting season, a record-setting 756-pound gator was caught by Robert Mahaffey of Brandon in the first weekend of the season.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:39:10 GMT
(WMC) – Memphis police are the scene of a shooting where a woman was possibly shot in the head. This happened in the 900 block of East Raines Road, near Elvis Presley Boulevard on Tuesday morning. ThisMore >>
A Memphis mother of two was shot and killed by her estranged husband outside a Whitehaven day care center Tuesday morning. More >>
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