The theory behind being the “People’s Governor” is that ideally, I would like to have the people polled and let them have a big influence on my decisions. I plan to do this via this website, and that should be launching before too much longer. However in the mean time, I do want people to understand I am capable of research, and making my own decisions.
The question was posed to me “where do I stand on Alabama Medicaid Expansion?” Which I have given some thought in the past, and I really hoped to be later into my campaign before this came up, but here goes.
Alabama Medicaid Expansion
Let me address the current facts… in a perfect world. It won’t be an issue when I am governor. The reason it shouldn’t be an issue is because our current leadership has 2 years to make improvements and a decision. I personally know that if I had 2 years, that would give me plenty of time to get something done, if that didn’t work, do something different.
Obviously, when this person asked me my stance on it, they were expecting a response via twitter, however, I don’t believe this issue can be explained in 150 characters.
Another thing I would like to point out is our current state, on our current plan is that we are not participating in “The Expansion” at this time.
That is ok, that the state isn’t participating, but I do believe we can make things better, so let’s break it down.
Drew Tolbert’s Medicaid Expansion Vision
Under currently federal law if we as Alabamians decided to expand, the state would have to take 10% of the cost. So let’s look for a minute at the the “pros” to expansion.
- Health coverage extended to more uninsured Alabamians
- More coverage means more need for jobs in the medical field, thus economic stimulus.
- (in theory) Lower costs due to more money being put in the industry. (bills are paid quicker, than uninsured individuals bills)
In states that have currently expanded good things have happened, however it does come at a cost.
The con is the cost (and obviously people taking advantage of the system).
Under current proposed expansion guidelines it will cost the state of Alabama around $200 Million. Which isn’t cheap….. at all.
That cost is roughly $44 per person, per year. It doesn’t seem like much, but when you add up all the money you already have in taxes, plus taking into account that everyone under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 will have to have their $44 paid by someone else, the number will almost triple.
My Medicaid Proposal
I refuse to stand on one thing, and that is government waste. I will not contribute to a program that I believe will be a waste of time to the government, and a waste of money to the tax payer.
Why don’t we inspect our system? Look at it very carefully. Audit it, and when it is done, audit it again. THEN when we realize how much government waste there is, see how far off we are on budget. Because I believe that is where we will be able to make up the money.
Will there be compromise along the way, absolutely. But I do think with hard-work, and due diligence we will be able to enhance every aspect of not only ACA, but also the entire state of Alabama. So with that being said, I do believe we would need to participate if we HAVE to participate, but I believe that we can find other ways around it, and I would like to charge the one’s in office to scramble to find a better solution, before I am the Governor of the State of Alabama.
Thanks for your continued support