Who stands to gain? Oklahoma hospitals, of course, which in FY 2012 got $876 million for inpatient and outpatient services. State government spends more on Medicaid then it does on common education and higher education combined. Twenty-six percent of the state's population is already dependent upon Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid could add 235,000 Oklahomans to the Medicaid rolls — dramatically increasing the budgetary cost even further.
What's the answer for Oklahoma policymakers on Medicaid? Reform it, don't expand it!
Ball is state director of Americans For Prosperity.