I think that Gov. Parnell’s intuition is correct. I haven’t talked with him so I am presuming to know his intuition. The federal government is currently promising that if the state of Alaska will increase the Medicaid coverage, then the federal government will pay 100 percent of the costs for a few years, then 90 percent of the cost. The catch is that they are running this old scam at us again. The feds will not do what they promise and the state of Alaska will end up with another huge expense, not reimbursed by the feds. The newspaper says 1/3 to 1/2 of the people who would get new Medicaid coverage already have other coverage. Plus, we are slowly learning that if we give people something for free, it is near impossible to take it away later. I’ve watched the feds operate for 40 years while I worked in the health care industry and the feds trained me very well to realize they are seriously dishonest and only suckers believe what the feds promise.
— Paul Worrell, M.D.