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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Let's Destroy State Budgets Too

As if all the problems with the Democratic health care proposals, such as increasing the federal budget deficit even assuming large new tax revenues, were not enough, now add this: The proposals will break the budget of the states as well. From the NY Times:
The states pay, on average, more than 40 percent of the cost of Medicaid, so they bear a significant burden of any expansion of the program to help more low-income Americans. At their annual summer meeting, in Biloxi, Miss., the governors said that their concerns dominated discussion, with striking levels of bipartisan hostility voiced during a closed-door luncheon on the topic on Saturday.
The Democratic proposals are doomed to failure even if they cobble together enough votes for passage. Passing heath care reform which damages the country is not success.

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  1. Axelrod won't care. All he wants is results. A victory for him is the destruction of American health care as we know it.

  2. The end result will be even more hassles for healthcare providers as the state Medicaid programs increase their rationing. Currently I get letters from the State of WA about expensive medications for heartburn and asthma: I have to complete the form, including supplying clinical notes that justify the prescription of said medications, and I have 7 days to do it, or the patient is sent a letter stating that I failed to respond and the medication will not be paid for.

    But Opus #6 is right--Axelrod won't care, nor will his boss the POTUS. They'll brag about increasing the # of "covered lives", even though the newly-covered won't be able to find a doctor to accept them.

  3. And sadly, this will only serve to increase the gap between those who have and those who have not. Or even those who are financially prepared. They'll have more options, where those 'in the cracks' will not.