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Hoosier Poll: Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Decision Sours Voters for 2016 Run

July 23rd, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 1 comment

New poll results show that the more Hoosiers know about their governor’s plans to expand the welfare state through ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, the less likely they are to vote for him for President in 2016.

From FGA’s press release:

Hoosier Poll: Gov’s ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion Sours

More Knowledge about Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Increases Opposition among Political Base

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Who’s On the ObamaCare Chopping Block?

July 22nd, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 1 comment

The immoral funding formula of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion puts the neediest patients at risk.

From Jonathan Ingram’s report:

“But for us Democrats, ObamaCare is a badge of honor. Because no matter who you are, what stage of life you’re in, this law is a good thing.” Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2012 Democratic National Convention, 9/4/2012

Then-Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extolled the virtues of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) during her address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The quote above captures the essence of her remarks.

Too bad it’s false.

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Who Is On the ObamaCare Chopping Block?

July 16th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 4 comments

The immoral funding formula of ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion puts the neediest patients at risk.

From Jonathan Ingram’s report:

“But for us Democrats, ObamaCare is a badge of honor. Because no matter who you are, what stage of life you’re in, this law is a good thing.” Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2012 Democratic National Convention, 9/4/2012

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Debunking Governor Mike Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Promises

June 11th, 2014 / Jonathan Ingram / 0 comments

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TO: Indiana Legislators and Conservative Health Policy Leaders
FROM: Jonathan Ingram, Director of Research
RE: Debunking Governor Mike Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Promises
DATE: June 11, 2014

In May, Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) announced his plan to implement an ObamaCare Medicaid expansion in Indiana, dubbed “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.” Over at Forbes, we highlighted a few of the major flaws in Gov. Pence’s ObamaCare expansion plan.

Gov. Pence’s staff responded to us and our criticism. From the first few paragraphs of their response, it’s clear the governor’s staff is tasked with creating a smokescreen of buzzwords to disguise this ObamaCare expansion rather than addressing the serious policy failures that we and others have highlighted. You can read their full correspondence here.

Never content to leave false policy claims unchecked, the Foundation for Government Accountability has issued this response to their response.

Gov. Pence’s expansion plan is not “conservative” Medicaid reform

According to Gov. Pence’s staff, his plan represents the “most conservative plan to reform Medicaid.” This fawning over the plan would have one believe Indiana was putting forward a top-to-bottom Medicaid transformation. Not so.

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Chart: Why Governor Mike Pence’s Healthy Indiana Medicaid Plan is Not an HSA

May 27th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 1 comment

HIP Comparison Chart

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Breaking: Memo on Governor Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Announcement

May 15th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 4 comments

TO: Indiana Legislators and Conservative Health Policy Leaders

FROM: Jonathan Ingram and Christie Herrera, Foundation for Government Accountability

RE: Governor Mike Pence’s Medicaid Expansion Announcement

DATE: May 15, 2014

Today, Governor Mike Pence announced plans to implement ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion using tenets of the Healthy Indiana Plan. Now in its seventh year of operation, the Healthy Indiana Plan currently extends health coverage to all Hoosiers earning up to 100% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Unlike traditional entitlement programs, enrollment in the Healthy Indiana Plan is capped, based on available funding.

Right-leaning health policy observers have long debated the merits of the Healthy Indiana Plan. Those who opposed the plan will certainly find flaws in Gov. Pence’s expansion proposal.

But for supporters, one glaring point remains. Any CMS-approved Medicaid expansion plan will likely gut the critical elements of the original Healthy Indiana Plan—relegating Gov. Pence’s proposal to Medicaid expansion by another name.

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Window Dressing: The Iowa Health and Wellness Plan is an ObamaCare Expansion in Disguise

May 12th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 5 comments

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When Iowa passed the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, supporters argued it was a state-focused free-market Medicaid expansion alternative that would draw “free” money from Washington without having to implement traditional ObamaCare expansion. Those who oppose
Medicaid expansion but trusted supporters who said the Iowa plan was a common sense workaround to ObamaCare expansion are sure to be disappointed.

Other than a few superficial tweaks and a clever renaming, the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan is a typical ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. It targets the same population of mostly working-age, able-bodied adults with no kids; uses taxpayer dollars to provide essentially the same services as Old Medicaid; is funded from the same pot of ObamaCare Medicaid expansion monies and it similarly ties the hands of policymakers hoping for flexibility from Washington to control costs and improve quality of care.

Like any other Medicaid expansion, the Iowa plan has a glaring negative impact on patients, taxpayers and policymakers. Iowa has already passed its federally-approved Health and Wellness Plan, but that should not stop policymakers in other states from rejecting this ObamaCare Medicaid expansion. This report explains exactly why they should.

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Conference Call: Is Medicaid Expansion Like “Hotel California?”

April 4th, 2014 / uncoveraca / 0 comments

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On the call:
Robert Alt
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President, Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions

Ed Haislmaier | Senior Health Care Advisor, National Federation of Independent Business 

April 4, 2014

Jonathan Ingram

Hello everyone and thank you for joining me. I’m Jonathan Ingram, the Director of Research at the Foundation for Government Accountability. FGA builds paths to better lives by equipping state leaders with proven strategies to reform their failed health and welfare programs, all across America. We do this by working with you to develop, promote and help implement these solutions in your state. I want to thank all of our policymakers in the 16 states who are participating on the call today. During the last portion of the call if you’d like to ask our guests a question just press *6 when I make the announcement and that will get you into the question queue. We’ll also be asking some of the pre-submitted questions that many of you have already sent us, through our registration page.

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Maine Medicaid Expansion Poll

March 26th, 2014 / Kristina Ribali / 1 comment

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Americans for Prosperity-Maine and the Foundation for Government Accountability commissioned a poll of 581 likely voters in the State of Maine between Tuesday, March 11 and Monday, March 24. Likely voters were defined as having participated in three or more of the last four statewide elections and were randomly selected for participation from a database of registered voters. The poll was conducted using interactive voice response (IVR) automated telephone calls and has a margin of error of 4.1%.

The poll was conducted by the public affairs consultant Action Point Campaigns, which subcontracted for the polling services with CMS, Inc., an Arlington, Virginia-based firm. A random sample of likely voters was polled, with “likely voter” status being assigned to those voters with high participation rates in the past several general elections.

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Conference Call: Does Medicaid Expansion Really Help Employers?

March 14th, 2014 / uncoveraca / 0 comments

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On the call:

Jonathan Ingram | Director of Research, Foundation for Government Accountability

Dr. Robert Graboyes | Senior Health Care Advisor, National Federation of Independent Business

March 14, 2014

Jonathan Bechtle

Hello, everyone. I’m Jonathan Bechtle, the COO and the general counsel of the Foundation for Government Accountability. I want to welcome all of you to today’s call. The FGA builds paths to better lives by equipping leaders with proven strategies to reform health and welfare programs in states all across America. Many of you are our partners in this. We certainly look forward to continuing to work with you to develop, promote and implement solution to these tough problems in the states.

I want to thank all of you for taking the time to join us today. We have people from twenty different states all across the country. I especially want to thank our co-sponsors of this call at the Galen Institute, Institute for Policy Innovation, the Mercatus Center and the State Policy Network. We appreciate very much their helping us spread the word about this important topic and the call today.

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