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View Diary: New Arkansas Medicaid waiver tests limits of Obamacare goals (58 comments)

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  •  Failing experiments are valuable (7+ / 0-)

    This feels to me like a great thing actually.  Suppose as we expect Arkansas has the first few years of it's Medicaid Expansion program paid for by the Federal government, it will cost perhaps 20-30% more for those folks who reside in Arkansas.  But assuming a neighboring state does not waste money in this way, at the end of a few years it will be clear that privatizing health care is a failed experiment.  That is it will be clear assuming people are willing to look at evidence.  That may help move the conversation around to why it is more expensive in Arkansas.

    It is true that the experience in Europe already makes this fairly clear.  But to people who don't want to believe that the government can do anything better than enterprises, and who already are suspicious of Europe,  it's easier to ignore that data than our own.

    •  This is not about privatizing health care (0+ / 0-)

      It is about putting private insurance companies between the government and private health care providers. If it costs 20-30% more, that's an argument for single payer, not UK-style government health care.

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