In saying the state could save millions of dollars by expanding Medicaid, the Idaho media ignores the federal budget crisis, says conservative lobbyist Wayne Hoffman.
In his weekly column, the Idaho Freedom Foundation chief says the purported savings are "bogus," in part, because they are built on the idea that the federal government will pick up the vast majority of the costs.
"The federal government is in the midst of a fiscal crisis. Or haven’t you heard? So for any state legislator — or any newspaper opinion writer — to expect the state can take on an expanded Medicaid program without consequence is diabolically shortsighted."