ALEC costs tax payers twice; 1) lost jobs in the community and; 2) tearing apart families, resultant of a war created by the state in the first place by creation of excessive ALEC laws.
Leaving Money on the Table
“We are simply leaving federal dollars in Washington,” Steinberg said.
The state lost out on approximately $134 million in federal funding when it cut Denti-Cal benefits, according to some analysts. A 2009 report funded by oral health advocates, “Eliminating Medi-Cal Adult Dental: Costs and Consequences” showed that with a multiplier effect, the cut to adult dental care cost the state more than $500 million, including loss of jobs, wages and business activity.
“The one-to-one matching federal dollars could provide basic dental benefits to three million low-income parents, seniors and people with disabilities and an additional one million adults without children at home who are newly eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, a not-for-profit consumer advocacy group.
“Restoring dental services for adults could further promote economic recovery,” Wright said.
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