Dependency Rules Politics

Friday, May 31st, 2013 and is filed under Blog, Debt, Obamacare

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One of the most perplexing dynamics in modern politics is Obama’s resilient floor of support.  He has been a failed president, he is embroiled in scandals that threaten the foundation of our Republic, and his views are clearly outside the mainstream of public opinion.  Yet, despite his dip in approval, Obama still commands the support of roughly 45% of the country.  What gives?

Well, if you get your sustenance from the government, what else are you supposed to think of the man who runs that government?  This, from CNS News:

A record 72,600,000 were enrolled in Medicaid for at least one month in fiscal 2012, up from 71,700,000 in fiscal 2011, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which provides an annual reportto Congress on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The 72,600,000 enrolled in Medicaid in the United States in 2012 was more than the 65,630,692 people who lived in France last year, according to data published by the Census Bureau, or the 63,047,162 people who lived in the United Kingdom.

In fact, if Medicaid was a country rather than a U.S. government program it would be the twentieth most populous nation in the world, ranking just ahead of Thailand, which had 67,091,089 people in 2012, and just behind the Congo, which had 73,599,190 people in 2012.

Funded by both the federal and state governments, Medicaid was created in 1965 by the same law that created Medicare. It is designed to provide health-care coverage to low-income Americans.

In fiscal 2008, the last full year before President Barack Obama took office, there were 58,794,000 Medicaid enrollees. Since then, Medicaid enrollment has expanded by more than 23 percent.

Remember, this is before the Obamacare Medicaid expansion has taken effect.  There are simply too many people who feel as if government is a net gain instead of a net liability for them.  This is why it is so important for us to hone in on the hidden tax of regulations, which is particularly regressive against those at the bottom of the income ladder.