This is a post from March 21, 2010. Repeal Obamacare.

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Obamacare on Steroids – Destiny: New York State

While New York Democrats are celebrating Obamacare, someone has not read the fine print when it comes to Medicaid.

THE FOUNDRY

“New York Governor David Paterson, for one, has pronounced himself pleased with Speaker Pelosi’s solution and Democrats in New York’s congressional delegation are patting themselves on the back for securing this promised ‘improvement’ to the Senate bill.

However, New York’s taxpayers and state legislators — as well as those in a some other states, most notably California — might be interested to learn that the Speaker’s bill also tosses them a Medicaid fiscal hand grenade with a five-year fuse attached.

Specifically, section 1202 of the reconciliation bill requires state Medicaid programs to pay primary care doctors rates for Medicaid patients that are equal to Medicare rates for two years in 2013 and 2014. This mandated physician pay hike would apply to…

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