NEWS: Media Outlets Report that Health Care Law to Cost States at Least $118 Billion

March 2, 2011

Fox News: GOP Panel Claims Medicaid Costs of Health Law Are Double Previous Estimates

"As three governors testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the burden on states implementing Medicaid, a new report from a joint congressional GOP panel says President Obama's health care reforms will cost $118 billion through 2023 -- twice the estimate claimed by the administration."

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National Review Online: Obamacare's Gift to the States: Huge, Unfunded Medicaid Mandate

How much will states have to spend to implement the Medicaid expansion mandated by Obamacare? According to a new report released by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton (R., Mich.), head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, states will spend at least $118 billion through 2023 to cover the expansion."

PBS Newshour: Republican Governors: Reform Law will Cost too Much

"In a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Republican governors Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Gary Herbert of Utah testified that the Medicaid expansion included in the law will put a financial burden on states, and that states need more flexibility than the law allows to develop health systems that fit their needs."

National Journal: Health Care Law to Cost States $118 Billion, Republican Report Says

"The expansion of Medicaid under President Obama's health care law will cost state taxpayers at least $118.04 billion through 2023, about twice the Congressional Budget Office estimate of $60 billion through 2021, Republican members of Congress said today."

The Hill: Governors warn Congress of healthcare reform law's costs

"Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Utah's Gary Herbert told the Energy and Commerce Committee that states were left out of the debate on Capitol Hill over the past couple of years. They also told the sympathetic Republican-led panel that they need much more flexibility to run their own healthcare programs."

The Epoch Times: GOP Says Health Reform Will Cost States $118 Billion Extra

"The health care overhaul enacted by President Barack Obama would cost states as much as $118 billion, Republicans said on Tuesday. The costs would take place between now and 2023, said both Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Their estimates double that of the Congressional Budget Office, which said that the law, passed last March, would cost around $60 billion between now and 2021."

The Hill: OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Medicaid still dominates health policy conversation

"Medicaid continues to dominate the health policy agenda this week as the Obama administration weighs how much flexibility to give states, and federal officials prepare to testify about the fraud and abuse in federal health programs."

Medpage Today: Republicans Seek More Flexibility in Medicaid Program

"In a series of hearings and speeches on Tuesday, Republican governors and members of Congress argued that more flexibility is needed in the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- while Democrats defended the latitude that states already have. "Right now, states across the nation are struggling to balance the budget and reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of care for their current Medicaid enrollees," Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, said Tuesday at an Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the potential effects of healthcare reform on Medicaid."

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