Nothing is ever completely "free" from the government. There usually is a give and take.
I believe that the best way to provide health care for the majority of Americans is to expand on Medicare, not Medicaid.
In Medicare, people have contributed in part to the services they receive from it. With Medicaid, most get this free from taxpayers.
Lastly, the rules and reviews of the 2 programs need to be administered very differently. There is too much fraud and corruption going on with both programs and it needs to be fixed before we increase the efforts.
In addition, there are still approximately 20,000 illegal immigrants in our nation. Much of the data on these people is undocumented and therefore many receive free or reduced medical and educational services paid for by American taxpayers.
While I am not a racist or self-centered or uncaring, I dont think it's right that taxpayers should continue pay for people and their children here illegally and undocumented. Many people disagree with me, but I remain firm that there should be a better way than to give such people an ongoing free ride.
Furthermore, other nations e.g., Mexico, India, Saudi Arabia, China, etc., do not give Americans reciprocity if they are living in those nations without becoming legal residents, working legally and participating in repaying for services. Illegals in those nations are fined and incarcerated.. period!
I believe we need to deal with these issues BEFORE we approve any new medical platform like expanding Medicaid.
Obamacare is a huge document filled with information that few have fully read and understood. There is much in this program that is not beneficial to Americans and it should not be pushed through without reality-based understanding and agreement.
At least that's what I think. What do you think?