For the last year conservatives have been warning about the burden a law like Obama's health care plan would place on states, but we were all called "crazy" and accused of spreading lies and disinformation. Yet today, the Times gives a number of examples of how we were right:
I wish we could say we told them so, but now I don't want to. We didn't want to be right in predicting what a mess Obamacare would make or how it would put our country in a tighter vice than it's already in. But we were right and that's why these "crazy liars" will continue to work in getting this law repealed.Because of the new health care law, Arizona lawmakers must now find a way to maintain insurance coverage for 350,000 children and adults that they slashed just last week to help close a $2.6 billion budget deficit.
Louisiana officials say a reduction in federal money to hospitals that treat the uninsured under the bill could be a death knell for their state-run charity hospital system.
In California, policymakers estimate they will have to come up with an additional $500 million a year to make necessary increases in payments to Medicaid providers.
Across the country, state officials are wading through the minutiae of the health care overhaul to understand just how their governments will be affected. Even with much still to be digested, it is clear the law may be as much of a burden to some state budgets as it is a boon to uninsured consumers.