Tag: Medicaid
Obamacare Slightly Increased Short-Term Uninsured

The best measurement of people who lack health insurance, the National Health Interview Survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released early estimates of health insurance for all fifty states and the District of Columbia in 2015. There are two things to note. First: About 70 percent of residents,...
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Increasing Medicaid Dependency Does Not Reduce “Uncompensated” Care

Robert Lazsewski is a leading health insurance expert whom I often cite (see, for example, here and here). Unfortunately, in a recent article praising Ohio governor John Kasich he has made a serious error. Gov. Kasich is one of only three Republican governors who took federal Obamacare money to expand Medicaid dependency. According to...
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What You Don’t Know about Immigrants and Medicaid Usage

The analytical firepower of the anti-immigrant right comes from the Center for Immigration Studies. Its latest report concludes that 42 percent of immigrant households, both legal and illegal, used Medicaid in 2012. Only 23 percent of households headed by a native-born American used Medicaid. The report also discusses other welfare, including housing, food stamps,...
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Medicaid’s Poverty Trap Illustrated

The tragic story of a disabled woman trapped in poverty by the hodge-podge of ways the U.S. finances health care illustrates why we need to sweep the whole thing away and give everyone a universal, refundable tax credit: On a crisp California morning in February 2012, my sister-in-law, Marcella Wagner, was driving down the interstate...
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Competition and Cooperation

Competition is often used to describe market activity, and cooperation is often used to describe political activity, but competition more accurately describes politics and cooperation more accurately describes markets. Market activity is based on voluntary exchange, and transactions take place only if all parties agree. Parties engage in voluntary exchange for their mutual benefit,...
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How Much of Federal Transfer Payments Are Obamacare Subsidies? More than You Think!

January’s Personal Income and Outlays report from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis shows how significant Obamacare’s subsidies to households have become. Last month, they accounted for 21 percent of the increase in total government transfer payments to households: Personal current transfer receipts increased $24.8 billion in January, compared with an increase of $13.8 billion...
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GAO: Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Health Administration at High Risk for Fraud, Waste, Abuse

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published its annual update of federal programs “that it identifies as high risk due to their greater vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement...” Healthcare programs feature high on the list. Medicare, the entitlement program for seniors, and Medicaid, the joint state-federal welfare program for low-income households, are...
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About That CBO Report Claiming Obamacare’s Costs Are Down 20 Percent...

In the January 2015 Budget and Economic Outlook, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) pronounced that Obamacare’s future costs will be one-fifth lower than had been originally estimated: In March 2010, CBO and JCT projected that the provisions of the ACA related to health insurance coverage would cost the federal government $710 billion during fiscal...
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Arkansas: Caving In or Standing Up to Obamacare?

The new governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, appears to have confused a lot of people in a recent speech about Medicaid, the joint state-federal welfare program for poor people’s health coverage. According to the Washington Post’s Jason Millman, “Republicans are finally learning they can’t undo Obamacare,” because the governor wants to do something different...
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Employers Who Dump Workers onto Medicaid: The New Corporate Welfare Queens?

There have been a lot of predictions about the future of employer-based health benefits under Obamacare. Reports suggest that increasing numbers of small businesses are dropping health benefits and sending their employees to Obamacare’s insurance exchanges, where they are partially subsidized. Other businesses have found a bigger cost-shifting approach. BeneStream, a new benefits advisor,...
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