Adding More People to Medicaid Isn't the Answer

Evidence from the latest Oregon Medicaid study shows that the program is not helping, and numerous other studies show that in some cases Medicaid may even be harming, the very people it is designed to assist.

President Obama argued during the health care debate that we can't keep adding "more people to Medicare or Medicaid ... in the absence of cost controls and reform," putting them in a "broken system that doesn’t work.”

But that is just what Congress and the president did in enacting the health law. Expanding Medicaid means that patients who are already enrolled in the program — many of whom have nowhere else to go for coverage – will be competing for medical services with up to 20 million more people. And the most vulnerable patients who have the greatest needs are likely to have the hardest time getting care.

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Source: The New York Times