some low-level employees or volunteers with the exchange could unilaterally force the state to expand Medicaid, the longstanding federal-state health insurance program for the needy,
reads this article from the Clarion Ledger is Jackson, Mississippi.
This is being given as a reason for not supporting the Affordable Care Act in Mississippi: “the navigators could unilaterally decide to sign people up for Medicaid, even if they earn too much money to qualify.”
In the minds of some Mississippians the navigators, people who “are available to help people understand various levels of coverage available through an exchange” could sign people up for Medicaid, giving health care to someone who makes more than $5,500 per year, the income cutoff in Mississippi. You got that right. In Mississippi some people believe that the navigators could expand Medicaid. There seems to be a concerted effort by the neo-feudalists to constrict access to health care, in a state in which 1 in four adults lack health insurance including “one in three among adults 44 or younger.” In Mississippi “less than half the employers even offer insurance.” The pretense that all is well and Mississippi should just not address the problem is indicative of the delusional southern mind that contributes to the state’s position nationally. Talk about burying you head in the sand when it comes to health care.
You see Mississippi is one of those places where officials rail against an agenda “controlled by Washington” when it comes to health care while lobbying to get more military institutions which are controlled by Washington. Conservatives aren’t really against government. They don’t really want smaller government. They just want to be able to target the government expenditures toward the areas that they or their friends can derive the greatest benefit. They have a preference for oligarchs and neo-feudalism where they channel the collective resources to themselves and their Heritage Fund protected masters and everyone can just go to them for “charity.”