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How worried are you about the expansion of Medicaid?

The expansion of Medicaid is being closely watched because it was one of the first components of the health-care overhaul to go into effect, and problems now could foreshadow issues that might arise around the full implementation in 2014.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  October 8, 2010; 2:22 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I would much rather our taxpayer's money be spent on Americans and their health care than on fighting wars, or bailing out crooks on Wall Street.

Taxpayers pay whether they are paying directly to a private health care corporation through ever raising monthly payments or whether they are paying out of they tax dollars to the federal government they are paying for everyone who is not covered by health care insurance.

Taxpayers pay whether the Republians or Independents are in office or the Democrats are in office, we pay. We might as well be paying for something that will ultimatey benefit our well-being and our nation's well being.

Posted by: rannrann | October 10, 2010 9:39 AM

What would be even better is if we could straighten out our totally effed up distribution of wealth and income, making it unnecessary to add more people to the Medicaid rolls. Of course, that would require the putting a stop to the redistribution of wealth from the "haves" to the "have more than they can possibly spend in ten lifetimes".

Henry Ford understood the basic concept and it worked out real well for him, did it not? I suppose the "good old days" are in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by: st50taw | October 10, 2010 3:40 PM

Medicaid is cost-effective, no-frills coverage -- a huge share of the beneficiaries are children (e.g. with S-CHIP it may be the largest pool of recipients at this point).

There are probably even better ways to provide coverage, but at least it's something.

I'm skeptical that the Medicaid expansion will anticipate potential hurdles, challenges, etc with the insurance exchanges. The exchanges are an entirely new program; Medicaid expansion is an existing program.

With respect to Medicaid, the biggest obstacle probably will come from states governed by politicians who are opposed to providing coverage to low income families and children in the first place.

Posted by: JPRS | October 11, 2010 1:22 AM

I believe that a great country like ours has the resources to assure that every citizen can have basic health care.

Hopefully we can avoid invading any additional countries and spend the Trillion or so that we save taking care of our people.

Posted by: dontsendnofarkingspam | October 11, 2010 2:02 AM

My biggest concern regarding the increase in Medicaid is who will get it and why. The Boston Globe posted a comment by Obana's aunt, who was here illegally for a long time, in public housing, etc. She basically stated that it was our job to take care of her (and everyone else). Is this the thought process of illegal immigrants? Why do we need this constantly expanding layer upon layer of healthcare? Many hospitals have Hill-Burton Funds available, all hospitals have social workers and/or patients' rights advocates, all counties have health clinics. Virtually all large pharmaceutical companies give qualified patients medications on a sliding scale or free basis. We need to work on what's available here and now.

Posted by: rettefrancais | October 11, 2010 4:09 AM

Of Course, China can afford it.

I mean we can afford it....eventually ?

Posted by: RavenGodiva | October 11, 2010 5:16 AM

It would have been better to allow insurance companies to sell across state line - increase the buying power reduce the cost.

Tort reform would have been an even bigger saving to the cost of medicine probably as much a savings as ACTIVELY going after medicare/medicade fraud.

Obviously, this Congress wants their lobby money.

Posted by: jaclk | October 16, 2010 10:31 AM

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