Medicaid Reform Ain’t Easy

All the Republican health care bills that have so far failed to pass through Congress have tried to reduce Medicaid spending, by limiting the amount of federal money going to states to cover this population. That might be popular among some conservative voters, who think Medicaid is a handout to healthy but lazy young people who don’t want to work. It would be hard for that to be more wrong. The majority of Medicaid spending goes to elderly and disabled people:

When your mother develops Alzheimer’s, and can’t afford a nursing home, it is usually Medicaid that picks up the tab. When your neighbor experiences a traumatic brain injury and can no longer work, it is Medicaid that pays his healthcare expenses.

Cut Medicaid, and it is these people who will suffer.

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