• MEDICAID

    Paul Krugman steps up to talk about Medicaid:

    There’s a lot we don’t know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won. He refuses to say which tax loopholes he would close to make up for $5 trillion in tax cuts; his economic “plan” is an empty shell.

    But one thing is clear: If he wins, Medicaid — which now covers more than 50 million Americans, and which President Obama would expand further as part of his health reform — will face savage cuts. Estimates suggest that a Romney victory would deny health insurance to about 45 million people who would have coverage if he lost, with two-thirds of that difference due to the assault on Medicaid.

    So this election is, to an important degree, really about Medicaid. And this, in turn, means that you need to know something more about the program.

    Anyone who reads this blog knows I welcome this piece with open arms. I’ll also use it as an opportunity to read the many, many, many awesome posts we’ve written recently on the subject. I’ll also post this again:

    That’s the projected spending of the candidates on health care in the future. There’s a real choice this election, and contrary to what you hear, it’s not really about Medicare.

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    • I think that it is tragic and unfortunate that the Republican party is opposing the expansion of health care coverage, as a matter of principle, rather than only on the basis of the mechanics of it’s implemenation. Conservatives in all other advanced nations support univeral healthcare, and there should be consensus on this matter among all political parties in the United States as well. The system we had pre-Obamacare is both unworthy of a great country and fiscally unsustainable, so returning to that system reprednts a setback.

      On the other hand, there is ample opportunity for Republicans to help improve upon the Rube Goldberg-esque mechanics and processes that Obamacare uses to expand coverage, and which are fraught with risk of massive overpayment. It is alarming that we are entrusting the task of cost control and the care of our most costly and vulnerable populations to aggressively profit seeking insurance companies and hospital organizations who have no track record of success in either area.