Today, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) introduced his first piece of legislation in the 113th Congress. Salmon released the following statement regarding H.R. 1404, The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act:
"Today, I'm honoring my pledge to fight with everything I have to eliminate Obamacare before it causes more damage to our economy.
"My first step in this fight addresses Medicaid expansion at the federal level.
"One of the big-ticket items included in Obamacare was a provision that essentially bribed states to expand their Medicaid eligibility requirements to 138% of the poverty level, and to have the Federal government pay for 100% of the expansion. As with most other aspects of Obamacare, unwanted strings are attached.
Obamacare only covers the full cost of this expansion for the initial years, but leaves the onerous federal mandates to stay."
"Medicaid needs reform, not expansion."
"Instead of more federal mandates, I support giving States the maximum flexibility to provide services to their most vulnerable populations. My bill strikes the Medicaid expansion from Obamacare, and provides this flexibility without the strings attached.
"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House to repeal this and more of Obamacare's harmful federal policies."