The Medicaid expansion was part of Barack Obama’s healthcare plan called “Obamacare.” It loosened the income requirements to qualify to receive benefits if states opted into the new system. It provided 100% funding for the first few years, but only 90% funding after that. This left a state like Alabama picking up an additional $250 million tab on an already strained general fund budget.
I am opposed to the expansion of Medicaid. My plan for Medicaid includes the following components:
- Cut the waste, fraud, and abuse in the system. Right now, some people are taking advantage of the $0 copays and visiting the emergency room 100 times per year. Others call an ambulance simply to get a free ride to the hospital. Alabama can no longer afford to waste money on things such as these.
- Petition the federal government for a Medicaid block grant. Getting all our money in one chunk would allow us the opportunity to distribute it in a more efficient manner than we currently are able to do. Presently, Alabama has no control over how Medicaid dollars are spent.
- Revitalize our economy so more people have their own health insurance policy. As we lower our unemployment numbers and the Alabama economy recovers, we will be paying for fewer and fewer people to be on Medicaid.
Retirement and RSA
Retirees should get every penny of the retirement money that they were promised by the state. I will oppose any effort to reduce the payout from RSA to senior citizens. We need to continue funding RSA to keep it sound and fulfill our promises to those who contributed faithfully for many years.