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Meet the Arizona doctor House Republicans like to quote

Published Apr. 22, 2015

TALLAHASSEE — Dr. Jason Fodeman may not be a household name in Florida.

But he's a big deal in the Florida House, where Republicans are opposing the expansion of Medicaid.

During a closed-door meeting Tuesday, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, distributed a guide to Republican members designed to bolster their argument against Medicaid expansion that included one of Fodeman's op-ed pieces.

Who is Fodeman?

According to the news archive service Nexis-Lexis, Fodeman, 32, is one of the earliest opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

He now works as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona. When his first article bashing Obamacare was published on April 20, 2009, Fodeman was a health policy fellow at the right-wing Heritage Foundation.

The Wichita Eagle, the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C., the Washington Times and the Deseret Morning News of Salt Lake City published his op-ed warning Obamacare would "generate a $9.3 trillion tidal wave of red ink over the next decade."

But five years into Obamacare, that hasn't happened. Instead, the Congressional Budget Office is showing drastic declines in the national deficit. Even projections on Medicare spending, which conservatives said would balloon under Obamacare, have dropped considerably.

He's still predicting a complete failure for Obamacare.

Florida will become hostage to federal aid if Medicaid is expanded, Fodeman warns in "Medicaid Expansion: A Lesson in Unreliability," an article distributed by Tallahassee's right-wing James Madison Institute, which was included in the packet given to House Republicans on Tuesday.

"If the federal government can't be relied upon to extend a program that assists poor and uninsured Floridians for $1.3 billion, how then can anyone conclude that we should trust the federal government will 'cover' the costs of Medicaid expansion?" Fodeman wrote. "Think about what the future will hold when it is no longer $1.3 billion in 'federal' money being withheld, but $10 billion, or $50 billion or more."


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