“It’s the slow season, a drowsy summer between the primaries and formal nomination in a month. Why not take a quick trip overseas, stocked with photoops and foreign flags? Mitt Romney is showing why not in a series of road trip gaffes. … The GOP contender dug himself in deeper by noting that Israel spends far less on healthcare than the United States. Don’t go there, governor, because Israel has universal coverage and requires residents to buy coverage—conditions at odds with Republican doctrine and his 2012 campaign positions.”
—San Francisco Chronicle “The Congressional Budget Office predicted that states with a large number of poor people would not expand their Medicaid programs as required by the healthcare reform law now that the Supreme Court had made expansion optional. And a Harvard study unrelated to the court decision made it clear that a failure to expand Medicaid would likely doom thousands of lowincome people to death or poor health. … Some critics, mostly conservative Republicans, contend that Medicaid does not improve the health of beneficiaries and may even harm them. The new study should lay that canard to rest. State officials who want to save money by not expanding Medicaid will be harming their most vulnerable residents, and will most likely shift the cost of any emergency care they need to safety net institutions, taxpayers and charities.
—New York Times
“State officials who want to save money by not expanding Medicaid will be harming their most vulnerable residents.”
“On the ever-lengthening fiasco list, the ‘exchange’ problem is one of the worst. Congress told states to build these bureaucracies that will dispense health insurance subsidies and regulate coverage, but by and large the states aren’t doing so. ... The exchanges do not merely subsidize but must verify who is eligible by income and residency, police compliance with the individual mandate and report scofflaws to the Internal Revenue Service; regulate insurers and enforce price controls; and penalize businesses that don’t insure their employees. All this is a vast, complex, extremely technical and expensive undertaking that the states can barely handle, even if they wanted to.”
—Wall Street Journal