Sunday, December 26, 2004

Getting Your Parents To Pay: Medicaid Edition

This is nice to hear:

Fearful that President Bush plans to shift more Medicaid costs to the states, the nation's governors are mounting a bipartisan lobbying effort to stave off new federal limits on the program.

Medicaid, the nation's largest health insurance program, is costing the states and the federal government more than $300 billion a year. The growth of the program, which covers the poor and disabled, has outpaced state revenues, and Medicaid is now a larger component of total state spending than elementary and secondary education combined, according to the National Governors Association.

Showing rare bipartisan unity, governors of both parties said in interviews this week that they would press hard in the coming months to preserve or even increase their current Medicaid allotments.
. They are right on the merits: Medicaid shouldn't be cut back. In general, I' m a huge fan of universal health care. But this is politics at its finest. Governors have every incentive to get the Federal government to pay for things so that the states don't have to. This lets them spend money on their pet proposals. So far as I could tell from Clinton's book, as a governor he had no sense of the Federal budget as limited, he just wanted to get as much federal money in as possible. It's like the child who thinks that their parents have unlimited funds. Good for the governors to resist Bush, but don't give them too much credit.


Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Medicaid is a great form of health insurance for many individuals and there is no way it should be cut off as health coverage is a major importance to many.

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