Alexander: Medicaid Expansion Creates Unfunded Mandate That Will Bankrupt States

November 17th, 2009 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate:

“I picked up my newspaper in Nashville on Sunday morning, and here was the headline: ‘Governor Bredesen Faces Painful Choices as Tennessee Begins Budget Triage.’ That’s the sort of talk you usually reserve for an emergency room. I have said several times that any senator who votes to expand Medicaid and transfer the costs on to the states ought to be sentenced to go home and serve as governor for a few years and try to implement the Medicaid program which is bankrupting states and forcing funding cuts that will ruin public higher education.”