“The federal entitlement program with the insatiable appetite that Friedholm took over in late 1992 ate a total of $6.3 billion that year. In those years the Medicaid budget grew by about $1 billion a year. By 2009, the Medicaid hunger in Texas had grown by nearly four times to $24.6 billion, gobbling up a little more than one in every four dollars in the state budget.
The Texas Department of Health and Human Services projects the annual feeding frenzy to grow by about $3 billion in each of the next two years. Even if the Legislature passed a more austere budget for 2011-12, the percentage of state spending devoted to the health insurance program for the poor is expected to increase, albeit more slowly.”
“Brewer and GOP legislative leaders believe they’ll be able to keep the budget in balance throughout the coming year, instead of seeing it slip almost immediately into deficit, because they have balanced it structurally.
There are no tax increases and no new borrowing, although debt remains from previous years of borrowing.”
The most major cuts are $510 million in healthcare costs and about $420 million in education cuts, which is traditionally the largest area of spending in state budgets across the country,
“California’s illegal immigrant population is costing the state’s taxpayers more than $10.5 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration”
- Free Education for Illegals: costs of K-12 schooling approximately $7.7 billion annually.
- Free Health care: about $1.4 billion a year.
- The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens: about $1.4 billion a year.
This is a report from 2004. Imagine how high the cost is now!
Medicare’s drug coverage, Part D program is estimated to reach $51 billion for 2010.
Projected net expenditures from 2009 through 2018 are estimated to be $727.3 billion. That’s about $73 billion per year!
Massachusetts mayors are warning state lawmakers that government union worker health care costs are going to ruin local budgets for the foreseeable future and will have a negative impact on their ability to provide basic services such as police services and road repairs.
Yes, the list of waivers keeps growing, well over 1,000+ entities, including labor unions, have become exempt from obamacare because it’s too costly for these groups! The President’s people pick and choose winners and losers. Is this a law or political favoritism?
Yes, the list of waivers keeps growing, well over 700+ entities, including labor unions, have become exempt from obamacare because it’s too costly for these groups! The President’s people pick and choose winners and losers. Is this a law or political favoritism?