DEMOCRAT LAWMAKERS VOTE TO EXPAND MEDICAID, BANKING ON FEDS’ PROMISES

Illinois Review –

By Benjamin Yount –

If the federal government keeps its promise to pay 90 percent of the costs for Obamacare, Illinois will have to find $1.8 billion a year to pay for the massive Medicaid expansion now on its way to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.

But what happens if Congress doesn’t keep that promise? Illinois lawmakers don’t want to think about that.

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, said she is confident the federal government will pay 90 percent of the costs for as many as 700,000 new Medicaid enrollees in Illinois.

“I don’t believe, ever in the history of Medicaid, the federal government has rolled back a program,” Feigenholtz told lawmakers Monday evening.

Illinois will offer Medicaid to low-income, single, childless men and others who have not qualified for the government medical care in the past.

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