Damages From Medicaid Politics Won't Stop At Hospitals

John Commins | HealthLeaders Media | July 3, 2013

Try to imagine the ripple effect of punching a $4 billion hole in the economy of a state whose lawmakers refuse federal Medicaid subsidies. It's not just hospital jobs that will disappear. Ancillary support jobs in healthcare and other businesses will wither, too.

Despite the nasty rhetoric, it seemed illogical that 14 states would reject billions of dollars in federal subsidies to pay for the expansion of Medicaid just to make a political point. There was a sense that political leaders in these recalcitrant states were bluffing to save face, but would eventually find a way to expand the program when they realized what they were giving up and who they were hurting.