The Gift Horse: Obamacare

There is an old saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”. It is supposed to mean that you should not be ungrateful when you receive gifts. This saying was more relevant when horses were an essential part of our economy. In today’s economy it has a new meaning. As a horse person I can say that horses are easy to get and hard to get rid of. They are very expensive pets so we do not want to go there. Killing horses when they are no longer useful is an unpleasant but necessary business. As a horse person most deals we have been offered involving gift horses were bad deals and if it did not work you got stuck with killing the horse. Since the justification to expand Medicaid rests almost exclusively on the idea of free federal money, I wish Governor Kasich and Scott good luck with their Medicaid expansions. Medicaid expansion looks like a gift horse.