Obamacare includes the promise of Medicaid expansion funding for the states that accept the law’s broad new eligibility limits, but this promise is entirely open-ended.
There is no predetermined pot of Medicaid expansion money; every state complying with the Obamacare expansion increases the total amount of new federal spending.
Ohio’s rejection of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion would not result in one more dollar going to any of the states choosing to expand Medicaid.
[Rejecting Medicaid expansion] takes $13 billion of Ohioans’ federal tax dollars out of our state and gives it to other states, where it will go to work helping to rev up some other state’s economy instead of Ohio’s.
If we don’t do what we should do on Medicaid, they’ll be spending it in California. [...] We have an unprecedented opportunity to bring $13 billion of Ohio’s tax dollars back to Ohio to solve our problem.
In March, Media Trackers asked the Kasich Administration to provide evidence supporting the governor’s repeated assertions that Obamacare would bring Ohio “$13 billion of Ohio’s tax dollars” which would otherwise go to other states.
I don’t want our dollars to be spent somewhere else. Because, you know, I worked in Washington long enough to know they don’t ever save anything. And secondly, their inability, their inability to solve a problem that ultimately will be resolved in a responsible way should not prevent Ohio from reclaiming our dollars to deal with our problem.
Medicaid expansion is different than Obamacare. [...] what we wanna do is to be able to bring back $14 billion of our money, Ohio taxpayer money, to distribute to people who treat folks who are addicted, the alcohol and drug community organizations.
Chief Justice Roberts gave every state an opportunity to try to get federal dollars to improve Medicaid. [...] We get $14 billion of Ohio money back to Ohio to deal with some of the most serious problems.
But there’s a big distinction between Medicaid and our ability to bring our money back to fix our problems, as opposed to a government takeover of the health care system. [...] This is about our money. Washington doesn’t have any money — I want our money back.