The Heritage Foundation argues persuasively that Medicaid, especially post-expansion, will consume an ever-growing amount of the state and federal budgets. Not only that, the program traps millions of low-income Americans in a health care program that suffers from a lack of access to physicians. Not surprisingly, relative to private insurance, health outcomes for those on Medicaid are worse.President Obama and those on the Left go to great rhetorical lengths to reemphasize their support for low income Americans. Not only do their policies fall short, they often have massive unintended consequences.
Proponents of smaller, more responsible government scored a majority victory last year when Congress failed to approve a five-year farm and food welfare bill. At nearly $100 billion per year, the farm bill comprises a hodgepodge of policies designed to unite farm and welfare porkers. Reforms, to the extent that they are seriously discussed in the halls of Congress, are minor and fleeting.
Last year, lawmakers promised their failed bills would save taxpayers tens of billions of dollars over the next decade. As it turns out, those estimates were hopelessly optimistic. Nonetheless, Speaker John Boehner promised the House would indeed pass a five-year farm bill.
There is nothing conservative about a bill that contains massive subsidies for farmers, counterproductive conservation measures and tens of billions for food stamp programs.
From guns and immigration to budgeting and farming, the thirst for bipartisanship in Washington remains strong. Remember though, for decades bipartisanship has resulted in the growth of government and a decrease in individual liberty. Whether the issue is large or small, Americans must urge their lawmakers to stand and fight on conservative principle.