In today’s American Spectator, I discuss how Medicaid has morphed from a modest medical safety net for the poor into a bloated vote-buying scheme:
Recently, while most of the media obsessed over the antics of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the nation passed a significant milestone. Medicaid, the federal-state program meant to provide a medical safety net for the poor, turned 50. This anniversary was celebrated by progressives as proof that government-run health care really works. Few of these cheerleaders noted, however, that this once modest program has morphed into a budget-busting behemoth most of whose expenditures go to the middle class.
They also neglected to mention the difficulties Medicaid patients face accessing care or that they experience worse health outcomes than the uninsured.
This last item concerning the poor medical outcomes endured by Medicaid patients is one of the best documented yet least known aspects of the program. The most comprehensive study of this phenomenon was the Oregon Experiment … The results, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, were startling: “This randomized, controlled study showed that Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes.”
How much money are the taxpayers coughing up for a program that produces such dismal results? Medicaid cost $492.3 billion in fiscal year 2014.
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