Quick Hit Josh Kalven Friday April 2nd, 2010, 9:16am

Shimkus Sticks With "$2 Billion" Medicaid Lie

Here is GOP Rep. John Shimkus on WJPF Radio this morning once again repeating the false claim that the Medicaid expansion included in the Democrats health care reform package will create $2 billion "in additional new costs" for the state of Illinois:

As we've noted repeatedly -- and as the Tribune's Judith Graham pointed out yesterday -- the federal government will pick up the full tab for the expansion in 2014, 2015, 2016.  In 2017, Illinois will have to cover 5 percent of the cost, followed by 6 percent in 2018 and 7 percent in 2019.  Assuming the state adds about 500,000 additional residents to the Medicaid rolls, this will amount to about $469 million in additional state spending over those six years.

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