by Robert Alt, George R. Lawson
March 01, 2013
Ohio must soon decide whether to participate in that portion of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare, which would greatly expand the Medicaid program. There are at least six reasons why transforming Medicaid from a safety net into a broad-based welfare program that covers able-bodied adults with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level is the wrong policy decision for Ohio. Policymakers should not trade dubious short-term gains for long-term losses.