Obamacare Is Going To Be The Biggest Expansion Of The Welfare State In US History

Can the U.S. government afford to pay for the health care of 38 million more people? As you will see below, Obamacare is going to be the biggest expansion of the welfare state in U.S. history. It is being projected that a decade from now 17 million Americans will be receiving Obamacare subsidies and an additional 21 million Americans will have been added to the Medicaid rolls. At a time when we are already running trillion dollar deficits, is this really something that the government should be taking on? In addition, it is being projected that bringing millions upon millions of new people into the Medicaid program will also cause enrollment in many other federal welfare programs such as food stamps to surge. Right now, the percentage of Americans that are financially dependent on the U.S. government is already at an all-time high, and Obamacare is going to cause the level of government dependence to go much, much higher. But how much weight can the “safety net” actually carry before it breaks entirely?

Obama-Follow-MeSince October 1st, the number of Americans enrolling in Medicaid has surprised many government officials. For example, as USA Today recently reported, the number of Americans signing up for Medicaid is far surpassing the number of Americans signing up for private health insurance policies in many states…

States are reporting far higher enrollment in Medicaid than in private insurance since the Affordable Care Act exchanges opened Oct. 1. In Maryland, for example, the number of newly eligible Medicaid enrollees is more than 25 times the number of people signed up for private coverage.

And there are some Americans that are going to the health care exchanges intending to buy private coverage that are finding out that they are only being given the option to enroll in Medicaid instead. The following example comes from the Wall Street Journal

The situation sounded absurd, so I asked her to walk me through her application on Washington Healthplanfinder to make sure she wasn’t missing anything. Sitting in New York with my computer, I logged onto the site under her name and entered the information my mother provided over the phone. I fully expected her to realize that she had forgotten some crucial piece of information, like a decimal point in her annual income. We checked and double-checked the information, but the only option still appeared to be Medicaid. She suggested clicking on “Apply for Coverage,” thinking that other options might appear.

Instead, almost mockingly, her “Eligibility Results” came back: “Congratulations, we received and reviewed your application and determined [you] will receive the health care coverage listed below: Washington Apple Health. You will receive a letter telling you which managed care plan you are enrolled with.” Washington Apple Health is the mawkish rebranding of Medicaid in Washington state.

The page lacked a cancel button or any way to opt out of Medicaid. It was done; she was enrolled, and there was nothing to do but click “Next” and then to sign out.

As you read this, there are more than 62 million Americans enrolled in Medicaid right now.

According to Obamacarefacts.com (a pro-Obamacare website), Obamacare could add 21 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls over the next decade.

And according to a report that came out earlier this month, 17 million Americans will qualify for Obamacare subsidies.

So when you add those numbers together (21 million plus 17 million), you come up with a total of 38 million more people that the government will soon be providing health care for.

And that does not even take into account more than 20 million elderly Americans that will be added to the Medicare program by 2025 as our population rapidly ages.

The government is going to have to find a whole lot of money from somewhere to pay for all of this.

And as I mentioned above, it is being projected that this surge in Medicaid enrollment will also be accompanied by a surge in enrollment in other welfare programs such as food stamps. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent Politico article

Noting that the Affordable Care Act “could potentially have a profound impact on SNAP participation,” the Agriculture Department announced its plans to study the possible development last week in a document submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review.

The department says it wants to look into state coordination of SNAP and Medicaid enrollment and renewal, the process for directing Medicaid applicants to SNAP and the number of SNAP applications.

Lawmakers who have advocated for SNAP stressed that the increase in food stamp recipients would result from people who should already have been in the program.

“If people are eligible, they ought to be enrolled in it, so that’s a good thing,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a farm bill conferee who has stated that he would not vote for a bill that includes significant cuts to SNAP, in a phone interview with POLITICO.

So we could ultimately end up with millions upon millions more Americans enrolled in food stamps and other major federal welfare programs.

Not that helping the poor is a bad thing. It certainly isn’t.

But at some point if too many people jump on the “safety net” it is going to break.

According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of all Americans are currently receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.

That is nearly half the country.

Most of the people that are receiving these benefits actually need them and would be glad to get off of these programs if they could.

However, without a doubt there are some people out there that are abusing the system.

For example, one welfare recipient recently called into a radio show in Texas and was completely unapologetic about the fact that she planned to stay on welfare for the rest of her life…

While workers out there are preaching morality at people like me living on welfare, can you really blame us?

I get to sit home… I get to go visit my friends all day… I even get to smoke weed…

Me and people that I know that are illegal immigrants that don’t contribute to society, we still gonna get paid.

Our check’s gonna come in the mail every month… and it’s gonna be on time… and we get subsidized housing… we even get presents delivered for our kids on Christmas… Why should I work?

Ya’ll get the benefit of saying “oh, look at me, I’m a better person,” but when ya’ll sit at home behind ya’lls I’m a better person… we the ones gettin’ paid!

So can you really blame us?

You can find a YouTube video of the entire conversation right here.

Once again, the vast majority of Americans on welfare are not like this.

Most Americans would prefer to have a good job or to own a thriving business and be providing for themselves. But as our economy continues to decline, the number of Americans that are able to independently take care of themselves will continue to go down.

Right now, the percentage of Americans that are dependent on the government is already at an all-time high, and Obamacare is going to add tens of millions more Americans to the welfare rolls.

So what does this mean for the future of our country? Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • ABILIFYMaxine Hardy Hammond

    every day there is a new surprise made by this narsisitic president, who is hell bent on one thing, and that is to bring this wonderful free country to its knees, and we have a government that is sitting up there in Washington letting this happen,that is, some other hairy scheme to dismantle the best system ever and replace it with such nonsense practices this country has ever seen, done only to break the back of our whole system.and put this country out of order. things done that was never imagined and is ruining our way if life. and then what will he do after this takes place, go home an enjoy his pension while the rest of us suffer. and he smiles those devil smiles ,and he is acting as if he is revenging himself of something. what? maybe his upbringing and his shallow self thinks this is a way to get back at America. he says
    he is an American, well let him prove it, for he surely doesn't act like one..a true American would not go against his fellow man, like this man is doing.

  • Vancouver1941

    Remember Obama's prediction in one of his never ending speeches" we have to spread the wealth around"!! as well as "your energy bills will necessarily skyrocket". It was his usual double talk and meant to go over the heads of most of the people. This whole fiasco of so called healthcare is a way of his "spreading the wealth around"! and is designed so American taxpayers will pay, pay and pay more. Obama's signature legacy is meant for power, control, domination of regular American citizens and has nothing to do with your HEALTH. This administration actually thinks the younger generation is going to sign up and pay they make if they are lucky enough to have a job in the first place. All the lies and blame game tactics are catching up to this administration now with all the taxation and mandates and especially with OBAMACARE.

  • Rationalista2

    This is the most massive redistribution of wealth ever.

    Be sure to thank your local low information and narcissistic self absorbed single issue voters for helping Americans to gradually adjust to socialism and complete government control with programs like this..

    Truly, Lenin was accurate when he described these people as "useful idiots"...

  • kalli

    It not only will be the biggest expansion to the welfare state ever, but I suspect this Act may be the catalyst that will bring on the largest financial collapse the planet has ever seen.