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This headline should be seriously considered by all Americans. First, with the persistent decline of the US economy, an unprecedented number of unemployed Americans are becoming eligible for Medicaid and will therefore be affected by these new policies. Additionallly, as a direct result of legislation within the Obama healthcare law, more Americans again will come under the control of Medicaid for two specific reasons.
First, with the law's significant expansion of Medicad eligibility, 18-24 million Americans are likely to find themselves in this bankrupt program, some of whom may currently have private coverage. Secondly, due to the employer mandate, many businesses will find it less expensive to pay the "tax" for non-compliance and dump their existing medical insurance plan. This financial decision will leave workers on their own to either enter the Medicaid program or try to find coverage in the tax-payer funded state insurance "exchanges" if one even exists in their state.