Topic: Medicaid

Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis attacks 'Idolatry Of Money', slams Capitalism, tell the rich to pay their share.
In an 84-page document which is essentially the official platform for his papacy, Pope Francis beseeches politicians to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare". He condemns an economy of exclusion and inequality. Read about his first year.
Barack Obama
"A million people … could get health insurance right away" if Texas expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.
Estimates show some 1.4 million to 1.7 million would be eligible immediately. Currently there are 6,080,000 uninsured in Texas/ 24% of the population.
Kathleen Sebelius
Medicaid spending declined by 1.9 percent in 2012, the second such decline in 47 years.
Stats by Obama official are true. She was making a much larger point: That Medicaid costs might not increase as rapidly as some had predicted, even though they will still go higher.
Rick Perry
Rick Perry leads top elected officials with 10 percent of claims rated Pants on Fire
Outspoken Christian Texas Governor, Rick Perry, has more pants on fire claims than any other top elected official.  Click here to see PolitiFact summary and some of those boldface lies.
Rand Paul
"For every Kentuckian that has enrolled in Obamacare, 40 have been dropped from their coverage."
First, Paul cherry picked data from outdated estimates/ not facts. His figures are not mathematically possible. Using the narrowest definition of "sign-ups," there would have to be 3.3 million cancellations in the state for his figures to be true. In fact, it’s reasonable to argue that more people in Kentucky have coverage through Obamacare than have been canceled.
George Barker VA Dem
Uncompensated care has "gone down by 30 percent just in the first few months" of Medicaid expansion in the states that adopted it.
Statistics show Medicaid expansion has reduced the need for charity by hospitals. Uncompensated care in the US totaled $45.9 billion in 2012 and burden hospitals.  If the trend continues hospitals hope it’s enough to offset cuts called for in the Affordable Care Act.
Stuart Varney, Fox News
"It will cost $50,000 per enrollee in Obamacare over the next 10 years."
This seems to come directly from an article in the Daily Mail. It’s most glaring defect is that it compares a 10-year cumulative total to a single-year snapshot of the number of people who gained insurance.
Texas Democratic Party
Rick Perry failed to "partner with the Legislature to find a Texas solution to closing the insurance coverage gap."
It’s safe to say around a million Texas adults fall into the coverage gap for making too little money to qualify for insurance subsidies and also remaining ineligible for Medicaid unless Texas expands access as encouraged by the Obamacare law and rejected by Perry and the state’s ruling Republicans.
Richard Corcoran
"Medicaid patients were 97 percent more likely to die than those with private insurance."
Corcoran was citing a 2010 University of Virginia study that looked at Medicaid patients who underwent surgery, not all people in the program.  Other studies show using Medicaid improves access and quality of life for many patients, or at the very least doesn’t hurt them.
Sarah Silverman
Says Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has stated that supporting the "right to health care ... means you believe in slavery."
Silverman forwarded a social media meme shortened with Paul’s comments to fit the available space. The meme has been abridged from the full quote, but PolitiFact saw no significant change in his meaning and also found no evidence that Paul had backtracked on the views he expressed.
Chain Email
Chain email says Medicare won't pay for 'observational' stay in hospital due to Obama-Care.
Medicare does pay for in-hospital observational care, but medicare considers it outpatient treatment if there is no diagnosis, so it does not qualify the person for nursing home followup care. This has nothing to do with Obama-Care.   The claim is not only ridiculous but also dangerous, by urging ailing patients to leave the hospital for no good reason.
Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says "Six thousand people have sought addiction treatment through expanded Medicaid."
There is no question that substance abuse in the state of NH is a real and pressing problem, and the statistics show that thousands have sought help as a result of the state’s expanded Medicaid program. The real total is closer to 2,000 -- about one-third the amount Hassan cited.
John Kasich R-oh
GOP candidate, Kasich, said Ohio "Medicaid is growing at one of the lowest rates in the country.”
In the GOP debate, Kasich defended his decision to accept Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The Kaiser Family Foundation says Ohio’s growth rate is 3.3 percent between 2010 and 2013, placing it slightly below the national average of four percent. Overall, Ohio ranks 26th out of 50 states.Ohio benefited.
John Kasich R-oh
Presidential hopeful, Kasich says that real conservatism is watching out for the poor and disadvantaged, and that is good for the economy.
Kasich defended Ohio's Medicaid expansion by saying, when skeptics arrive in heaven, "Saint Peter isn’t going to ask them how small they’ve kept government, but what they have done for the poor." He quotes Matthew 25.  Healthy people are employable, and Medicaid money helps, rehabilitate prisoners and drug users, which saves money.  Ohio's budget has a surplus and he has cut taxes.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
"We spend almost twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country."
The United States spends more on health care per capita than other countries, but not always twice as much. European countries with extensive social service networks aren’t so far behind the United States.
Tom Cole, R-Okla
"There’s no money" for Planned Parenthood in the bill that would keep the government open.
Cole is correct that the short-term funding bill that Congress is slated to pass does not itself fund Planned Parenthood -- largely because this bill addresses discretionary spending, while the vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding comes from mandatory spending through the Medicaid program.
Scott Walker
Obamacare doesn’t require members of Congress "to abide by the same rules that all of the other Americans do."
Health care reforms established a marketplace for small businesses to sponsor health care coverage for their employees. Members of Congress get healthcare with government like other large companies, but their staff can use the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act just like their constituents would.


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