Walt Maddox finally has a plan for Medicaid expansion and it’s pretty bad
Alabama Democrats love bad ideas.
They also have no clue how to pay for these terrible ideas, even though some have tried to figure it out, bless their hearts.
— Isner for Congress (@TabithaK) September 14, 2018
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Walt Maddox has been pushing the media-friendly idea that if we would just expand Medicaid, all would be well. Unfortunately, he knows almost nothing about the program.
As Yellowhammer News exposed yesterday, Talk 99.5’s Matt Murphy embarrassed Maddox on the issue:
MADDOX: There are 33 states that have gone along with the expansion of Medicaid. There are six more that are considering it.
MURPHY: You know how much the state budget for Medicaid is right now?
MADDOX: Not offhand —
MURPHY: It’s about a quarter, a quarter of the total budget. Twenty-four percent of the total budget is Medicare and that is expected to over the next decade go up to as much as 35 percent of the total state budget and I’m wondering how we stop that.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, he also has no idea how to pay for the program.
MADDOX: You take a combination of taxing the existing gambling that is here and sports gambling. And that will be what you put in your general fund as your offset to it.
The problem is this doesn’t even come close to actually covering the cost of his idea.
If he is capable of getting the legislature to allow existing gambling to be taxed, liberal columnist Josh Moon speculates it would only bring in $15 million.
If he is capable of getting the legislature to pass a sports gambling bill, we can look to Mississippi and see that they are projecting that they will collect $30 million in taxes. Granted, Mississippi is about 60 percent of the size of Alabama, so if we play with the math that puts Alabama at about $50 million a year in revenue.
Play with the math any way you want, but the guy proposing these measures is clearly out of his depth. Clearly, Maddox has no real clue what the numbers are and we still aren’t anywhere near the $150-$200 million that he acknowledges his proposal will cost.
This remains a media favorite talking point with no substance. It’s time for Walt Maddox and his campaign to figure out how to pay for his proposal.