Pop Medicaid ExpansionToday, Opportunity Ohio released its response the the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO)’s study, which claims that Ohio taxpayers will save money by expanding Medicaid.  Unfortunately, this assertion is patently false as it is based on sub-par logic.  As the Opportunity Ohio response shows, taxpayers save the most money by capping future spending growth and not expanding Medicaid.  Though the HPIO study highlights several different scenarios, it fails to consider this option. In fact, Medicaid expansion will cost taxpayers $46 billion over the next 12 years.

In addition to not considering the no expansion/cap in spending possibility, the HPIO study is based on flawed assumption.  One of these assumptions is that only 58 percent of newly eligible individuals will sign up for the program after expansion.  Based on projections from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and on actual results from states that have already expanded Medicaid, 58 percent is unrealistically low.

Forget the misleading headlines coming from the mainstream media and the rhetoric coming from the Governor’s office, Medicaid expansion is not the fiscally prudent choice.

For Opportunity Ohio’s original Medicaid study, click here.  To read the response to the HPIO study, click here.