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W.Va. Takes A Big Gamble

May 4, 2013

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s recommendation to expand the state’s Medicaid program probably represents a political point of no return. Once an entitlement is established, it is here to stay....

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Ragnar

May-04-13 11:11 AM

West Virginia has a population of 1,855,000.

Expanding Medicaid will leave 441,500, or 23.8%, of the state in the Medicaid program.

Another 300,510 people, or 16.2%, are seniors who qualify for Medicare.

There are also more than 65,000 state employees, who make up 3.5% of the population, and thousands of federal employees.

All told, close to 44% of West Virginia's population is on some form of government subsidized health care.

This means that the remaining 56% either buy their own health care, get it through private employers or go without it altogether.

These numbers will creep to the point that more than 50% are getting subsidized care and less than 50% are paying for 100% of the care.

We cannot remain a free Republic for very long with numbers like these.

But maybe that is the plan of Hussein Soetero....

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atoddh

May-05-13 8:20 PM

rag:These numers are very low.Keep in mind WV is aging as the young migrate out; and the mines are closing.Look for 60%/70% to be on public programs by 2015.This is already the situation in Southern WV.

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