FGA: States Can’t Trust Washington To Fund ObamaCare Expansion

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A new report from the Foundation for Government Accountability highlights a string of broken funding promises by the federal government:

Examples of broken promises and unfunded mandates pushed on states by the federal government are virtually limitless. The Obama administration withheld $111 million in mineral royalties that had been promised to states. The Federal Highway Administration has cut back the transportation funding it had previously promised states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reduced or cancelled promised grants to state and local governments. The Department of Commerce revoked funding for a large-scale broadband project, designed to bring online access to schools and health care facilities in Louisiana. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suddenly revoked more than half a million in funds for a small Minnesota township, leaving it vulnerable to significant financial and legal liability. Stories of broken federal promises like these can be found all over the country.

The report, authored by Jonathan Ingram and Nic Horton of FGA, is available here.

FGA: Section 1332 Waivers, The ObamaCare Straightjacket

FGA-Logo-2014On March 12, the Foundation for Government Accountability published “The ObamaCare Straightjacket: Section 1332 Waivers Are a Fool’s Errand, Not an Escape Hatch.”

The report is coauthored by FGA’s Jonathan Ingram and Nic Horton. Here’s an excerpt:

State lawmakers across the country are looking for an escape hatch from ObamaCare. A number of health care consultants have recommended Section 1332 waivers as a cure for ObamaCare’s biggest problems, promising that states will gain unprecedented flexibility to implement innovative, state-led reforms. This is a dangerous idea.

Instead of an innovative escape hatch from ObamaCare, Section 1332 waivers create a stranglehold on state-led reform initiatives. Lawmakers exploring these waivers under the false promise of “flexibility” will be disappointed. After all, Washington bureaucrats hold all the cards and they are interested in only one thing: protecting and expanding ObamaCare.

These waivers will only make ObamaCare’s impact on states worse, not better. States would be required to provide benefits at least as generous as ObamaCare, cap cost sharing at least as low as ObamaCare, and cover at least as many people as ObamaCare. Worse yet, experimenting with these waivers would put state taxpayers at risk for cost overruns for federal programs.

Section 1332 is not an escape hatch from ObamaCare. As the Obama administration itself stresses, it is a backdoor to implement even more liberal welfare policies.

To read the full paper, click here.