FGA Action recently published two memos on bad health care proposals in two states — Arkansas and Montana.
The Arkansas memo focuses on SB828, a bill that would delegate broad policy-making authority to state bureaucrats and allow them to pursue 1332 waivers:
Senate Bill 828 gives the executive branch virtually unlimited authority with no meaningful legislative oversight. Most disturbing is the fact that some of the bill’s defenders have falsely said that the bill actually requires legislative approval. Sadly, the bill’s express language confirms this is not the case.
Senate Bill 828 provides that “any waiver submitted [by the governor] under this section shall have legislative approval” to implement those waivers.6 The bill does not say that waivers shall require legislative approval, but that they shall be deemed to have already received legislative approval.
You can read the full SB828 memo here.
The Montana memo analyzes a recent proposal to expand Medicaid through ObamaCare. This proposal is particularly awful because it steals TANF resources from the truly needy to fund the ObamaCare expansion:
The HELP Act provides that it will use funds dedicated to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to pay for the new workforce development program for able-bodied childless adults. These resources have been set aside to provide temporary, targeted assistance to poor families with children. But under the HELP Act, at least some of those resources would be redirected to a new class of able-bodied, childless adults who don’t typically qualify for other types of welfare.
You can read the full Montana memo here.