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User Info Another (Sad) Casualty Of Schwantz-Gobbling; entered at 2017-01-09 09:00:47
Posts: 2822
Registered: 2007-11-30 Atlanta
A couple quick points:

1. I've been saying for several years that taking the bait of "Medicaid expansion" by states is the equivalent of drinking rat poison. Sure the Feds promised to fund it (with your tax dollars, of course) for the first few years, but this proposal for block grants sounds like the states are about to start feeling the poison hitting their bloodstream real soon. Those states that resisted the siren song will be grateful. At any rate, there is no such thing as a free lunch.

2. Anyone else catch this?

Making employee health benefits taxable would be one way to accomplish a "DP fest" on the tax payers. However, there are limits to that approach. Many folks would go to the cheaper high-deductible plans if that happened, or go without health care insurance entirely if the insurance mandate gets repealed along with Obamacare. So I question how much time that would end up buying Trump. With all the boomers now heading off to retirement (and taking Medicare) over the next 8 years, the chances that this thing doesn't blow before Trump leaves office seem remote, at best.
2017-01-09 09:00:47