While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the Court also ruled that Congress cannot penalize states that choose not to participate in the new Medicaid expansion by taking away their existing Medicaid funding.
House Candidate Neil Anderson believes the Illinois General Assembly should pass legislation to opt out of the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which would add an estimated 700,000 individuals to the state’s Medicaid load.
“Obamacare is a tax on the middle class to pay for more welfare,” Anderson said. “It will inflate our welfare and add billions of dollars in costs to Illinois taxpayers. Obamacare expansion is estimated to cost the state up to $2.4 billion over the next six years.”
“The Governor and Democrat-controlled General Assembly just cut $1.6 billion from Medicaid, eliminating prescription drug coverage for 180,000 Illinois seniors,” Anderson added. “So now we’re going to add another 700,000 people to Medicaid, massively expanding a bankrupt program? We have to put a stop to the Obamacare expansion. The state simply cannot survive it.”
“My opponent Pat Verschoore supported two resolutions (HR 560 and HR 569) supporting Obamacare and national healthcare. This is the blatant lack of reality and a total disregard for common sense. The General Assembly not only slashed Medicaid, they raised the cigarette tax to help pay for it,” Anderson said. “Throw another 700,000 individuals into the mix of a dysfunctional and over loaded system and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
“Illinois is broke! We can’t afford to take on Obamacare to our state and we can’t afford to wait around until Mr. Verschoore realizes the current condition of Illinois.”
Neil Anderson, Candidate for the Illinois House 72nd District. He is a local Firefighter who resides in Rock Island with his wife and children.