FGA: The ObamaCare Expansion Enrollment Explosion

Last week, the Foundation for Government Accountability released a new report on the exploding enrollment in ObamaCare expansion across the country. The report, authored by Jonathan Ingram and Nic Horton, finds that all 17 expansion states with available data were over their Year 1 enrollment projections — by an average of 91 percent. In addition, 16 of the 17 states are already over their projected maximum total enrollment, by an average of 61 percent.

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From the report:

Across the country, states that opted into ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion have seen the number of able-bodied adults on welfare skyrocket beyond expectations. In fact, after just one year of ObamaCare expansion, several states have already seen more adults sign up for Medicaid welfare than they thought would ever sign up or even be eligible.

Some politicians have cited these enrollment surges as signs of immense “success.” Taxpayers might disagree, as the economic consequences are sure to be severe. The Congressional Budget Office predicts that Medicaid expansion will discourage work and shrink the economy.1 Recent research suggests that as many as 2.6 million able-bodied adults could drop out of the labor force as a result.2 But the generational burden for future taxpayers to fund this welfare enrollment explosion is now mounting at a faster-than-expected rate, which means higher costs and even more truly needy Medicaid patients put on the chopping block.

The report was released on April 20, 2015. You can view it here.

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