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Sebelius Highlights New Medicaid Grants as Treasury Rolls Back Obamacare Implementation

HHS secretary said cash to states for child enrollment would provide “great guidance” in signing up adults for coverage under Obamacare.

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July 2, 2013 - 5:47 pm
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So far, many states have refused to implement parts of the healthcare law. For example, the Democratic-controlled Senate in Massachusetts is currently at odds with the federal law’s effect on the state economy.

“The commonwealth, by and through the governor or the governor’s designee, shall formally request a federal waiver to avoid the adverse effects of rating and rule changes to the Massachusetts merged market, to protect consumers and businesses in the commonwealth and in an effort to maintain current Massachusetts rating and rule requirements,” says legislation passed by the state Senate.

“All negotiations with any federal agency concerning this waiver shall be conducted in consultation with a member of the house of representatives as appointed by the speaker of the house and a member of the senate as appointed by the senate president.”

Pennsylvania State Rep. Matt Baker, the chairman of the House Health Committee, said Pennsylvania would not implement Medicaid expansion under Obamacare due to fiscal issues.

“Medicaid is a public assistance program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW). The system has many problems meeting the health care needs of the 2.2 million children, disabled, elderly and single mothers who are currently enrolled in the program,” said a press release from Baker’s office on Monday.

“Forty percent of the entire state budget is already being dedicated to DPW, and Medicaid is costing approximately $600 million more per year to meet existing program costs.”

Baker said the state would be “foolish” to trust the federal government’s “assurances” of payments to cover the Medicaid expansion costs.

“Adding up to 800,000 able-bodied adults to the public Medicaid system that would put one in four people on public assistance within DPW could potentially cost up to $4 billion by year 2020 and siphon critical funding away from education or other important programs and services,” Baker said.

“Although the federal government is trying to woo states into expansion with the promise of federal payments to cover the bulk of the costs for the program in the beginning years, we would be foolish to blindly trust such assurances.”

Despite many states’ challenges coping with the law and the employer mandate setback, Sebelius said a “new health insurance marketplace” would open across the country on Oct. 1, a key part of the healthcare law.

“Over the next few months, we’ll be working with partners across the country to let people know about the new coverage options coming their way this fall,” she said.

“Our success in getting kids signed up for Medicaid and CHIP will provide great guidance as we embark on the historic effort we’ll see in the months ahead.”

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Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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Do I under stand this right?
That a law crafted deliberately, with malice aforethought, so that a subsequent Republican president couldn't undo or prevent any of the damage to be inflicted; can be modified or delayed indefinitely by a president with a "D" after his (or her) name, without any Congressional action?

And where is the money for the apparently "new" Medicaid grants coming from??
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what Alexander said I am stunned that a mom able to get paid $8038 in one month on the computer. did you look at this web site... www.can99.com
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obama regime does everything for the children, bless their hearts. Right?
They'll hold up their long sought after obamacare to get the children covered now. Right? All for the children; just like the $70 billion to Africa, zillions to the ME, $100 million for his children's vacation this summer, trillions for stimulus/green energy for the children's future. Right?
Multimillions for planned parenthood for the children- well to kill them, but..
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CHIP was a well pushed program in my state and enrollment of eligible children was/is successful. However, what was discovered was when the one year eligibility expired, the majority of parents of eligible children couldn't be bothered to return the self stamped envelope to keep the coverage going. The case was then closed. Of course a parent could reapply if a medical need occurred but this required a new stack of paperwork and data entry. I suspect Obamacare processes will reflect the same indifference by recipients.
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Sebelius and Pelosi, the devils daughters! Sounds like some of their shock troops were singing their praises yesterday down in Texas. Also sounds like some of buraq (piss-be-upon-him) obama's worshippers in the Senate and House realized that the abortion-known-as-obamacare very likely might negatively affect their ability to get re-elected in 2014 so "presto" it gets set back until after the election! To quote Mel Brooks in one of his old movies "It's nice to be King". Does ANYBODY in this country with a working brain cell still think this crew has the country's best interests in mind?
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>>$32 million in grants to states for identifying and enrolling children in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program
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Every time I check the news, another coupla dozen millions here, a billion there, are being awarded by HHS to some group or state or whatnot to enroll, educate, expand, or whatever. Where is this money coming from? Does HHS have a money tree or a perpetual endowment of some sort? Does it have Congressional authority to write checks for any amount? Is this some of the "what's in the bill" that we're finding out about now that it's passed?

Really, what's going on? There's a runaway money train, and no one's manning the switch.
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It's coming out of the pockets of all those unborn children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren the left is hoping we abort. The left is so great at logic.
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Why delay anything, those 30 million people are waiting for their healthcare, anyway we didn't have to read it according to Pelosi, because it was so great, once we find out whats in it! Oh what difference does it make now! Two fine women leading us to ruin. Jeez
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The fact of the matter is that ObamaCare was NEVER meant to improve health care but designed as a stress factor on an already overburdened economy. It was part of the "transformation" process. Sounds evil, well, Obama Inc is!

It is a mandate which forces ! private citizens/employers to perform an act (buying coverage) which no gov't has the right to do. In effect, it is entirely unlawful. And the fact that Roberts had to twist its "legality" into knots, to declare it Constitutional, tells us all we need to know.

To be sure, a regime which goes wild, in every respect, is one which will empower itself through executive fiat as well, and tie into knots future ones too. If THAT is not tyranny, then what is? - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/06/17/the-totalitarian-grip-of-obama-inc-its-nexus-to-germanys-iron-curtain-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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Do I under stand this right?
That a law crafted deliberately, with malice aforethought, so that a subsequent Republican president couldn't undo or prevent any of the damage to be inflicted; can be modified or delayed indefinitely by a president with a "D" after his (or her) name, without any Congressional action?

And where is the money for the apparently "new" Medicaid grants coming from??
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An Ass masquerading as a President once found a Doctor’s white lab coat which had been left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and spoke to his countrymen. All bowed, both men and women, and he was a proud Ass that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed treatments and prescriptions randomly and incoherently and unleashed mindless and thirsty bureaucrats upon the land and then everyone knew him for what he really was.
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