Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James Capretta | January 16th, 2019 at 11:46 pm

BY: James Capretta / Real Clear Policy — Contributor

James C. Capretta is a RealClearPolicy Contributor and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

It would be better if partial Medicaid expansion were pursued as a legislative change rather than an allowable state waiver because, in legislation, Congress could offset the added federal expense with cost-reducing reforms. Among other things, Congress could cut costs by limiting the use of tax schemes intended to circumvent the states’ matching payment requirements.

The Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 disrupted the plan to establish a national standard of Medicaid eligibility. The result is vastly different Medicaid eligibility rules across the country, which probably isn’t sustainable over the long term.

Medicaid Expansion: Republican Candidates Avoid Reasoned Positions Or Straight Answers

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 15th, 2019 at 5:40 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Delbert Hosemann, Democrats, Elections, Governor, Insurance, Jim Hood, Leadership, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Obamacare, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican, Tate Reeves

Democrat candidates for both offices provide definitive answers on their support for expansion. Only one Republican candidate for governor, Tate Reeves, provides a clear answer against expanding Medicaid in Missippi. However, he provided no deeper explanation as to his reasoning except the somewhat generic explanation of “protecting taxpayers.” Where’s the adherence to the conservative principle of […]

Obamacare Ruled Unconstitutional by a Federal Judge.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 14th, 2018 at 11:51 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Federal Government, Insurance, National, News

In a 55-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that last year’s tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under “Obamacare” by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. The rest of the law cannot be separated from that provision and is therefore invalid, he wrote. Supporters of the law immediately said they […]

Medicaid Director Resigns: Perhaps Legislators Should Look In The Mirror

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 22nd, 2017 at 2:47 am

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, health, Insurance, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Spending

If legislators wanted the hospitals to have a managed care contract with Medicaid, the solution was simple – mandate it in state law.

Why Dishonor is Behind the Failure to Repeal Obamacare

By John Horvat | October 9th, 2017 at 6:43 am

BY: John Horvat / Contributor

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book, Return to Order.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Insurance, Mississippi PEP, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Republican, US Congress

If conservatives want to win, they must never surrender their principles. Rather, it is all the more urgent that they hold on to them, unite, and proudly affirm themselves in the debate and the public square. The failure of the Graham-Cassidy attempt to repeal Obamacare is symptomatic of a deeply unhealthy political system. The Obamacare […]

Mississippi Medicaid Director Faces Corruption Allegations

By MississippI PEP Staff | August 15th, 2017 at 1:29 pm

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Ethics, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Spending

Corruption allegations: Two years before winning a billion-dollar contract, Molina Healthcare offered Medicaid Director David Dzielak a job.

How Pickering Used An Unexplained Project To Undermine The New Medicaid Fraud Prevention Law

By Keith Plunkett | August 6th, 2017 at 4:27 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Stacey Pickering

For legislators who actively worked to get the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act to the governors desk earlier this year, the news of Pickering’s project was a complete surprise. Leave it to Republican Legislators to finally pass a new law to introduce some efficiency standards that might “reduce the size and scope of government,” only to have another Republican officeholder inject an additional layer of complexity before it even gets moving.

TUCKER: The Failure to Repeal Obamacare Is an Intellectual Failure

By Jeffrey Tucker | July 24th, 2017 at 7:23 am

BY: Jeffrey Tucker / FEE - Director of Content

Jeffrey Tucker is Director of Content for the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also Chief Liberty Officer and founder of Liberty.me, Distinguished Honorary Member of Mises Brazil, research fellow at the Acton Institute and policy adviser of the Heartland Institute.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Liberty, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, News, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Spending, Taxes

For health care to go through the current route: falling ever-further behind the market-driven direction of history, riddled with bureaucracy and undergoing unending pressure toward the disaster of single payer. This is an intolerable result.

The failure traces to a lack of understanding and imagination at the top. There is no other choice: the repeal and replace must be done at the lower levels of society, by people with an intellectual comprehension of the stakes and the real solution.

Rep. Currie To Ask PEER Committee To Investigate MS Dept. Of Medicaid’s Managed Care Contract Evaluation

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 21st, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Becky Currie, Ethics, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News

“The division of Medicaid does not want this company (Mississippi True) to get it because it was going to shed a light on a lot of different things,” said Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven.

COST: Republicans Lack Conviction To Reform Entitlements

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 21st, 2017 at 5:20 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, Democrats, Entitlements, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medical Care, National, Opinion, Politics, Republican, US Congress

What is needed is a GOP that is as committed to reforming entitlements as the Democrats are to expanding them. Democrats knew, in 2009-2010, that Obamacare was politically unpopular and might undermine their personal political aspirations. But many of them voted for it, anyway. Why? Because expanding federal benefits is embedded in the DNA of their party and is a central element of the modern progressive’s self-conception. Republicans have no such core conviction, and it shows.”