Fixing Medicaid and the Obamacare Subsidy Program

On July 5, the Cato Institute ran “The Uninspiring Medicaid Debate” by Michael Tanner, whose big concern is Medicaid’s sustainability. He’s a numbers guy, and the numbers don’t look good for Medicaid, even without ObamaCare’s expansion of the program. Tanner lists five salient points, the second of which is: “The Medicaid expansion had nothing to do with women and children”: While pregnant women and children make sympathetic victims in Democratic campaign commercials, changes to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion don’t apply to them, because the expansion didn’t apply to them in the first place. It dealt almost exclusively with childless adults. Eligibility for pregnant women and children was raised to 138 percent of poverty as far back as the 1970s and ’80s. You could eliminate the entire expansion without necessarily hitting a single child or pregnant woman. On July 1, the New York Times ran “Going...(Read Full Article)

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