June 5, 2013

BUT Mr. REAGAN WAS SECOND WAY:

Reagan's compassionate Medicaid expansion (John Kasich, June 2, 2013, USA Today)'

[H]e also expanded Medicaid, not just once but several times.

For example, in 1986, President Reagan let states add poor children and pregnant women to Medicaid. And a fter learning that disabled children could receive Medicaid care only in hospitals and nursing homes, he let states provide them care at home also. Ohio resisted both expansions for a decade but saw powerful results for some of our most vulnerable citizens once we made them.

Better service, lower cost

Improving the quality of the care Medicaid provides, and giving taxpayers better value for the money they spend on it, have been priorities for me as governor. We've improved health outcomes through better care coordination and also reduced taxpayer spending by $2 billion.

We followed Ronald Reagan's lead and found ways to provide a better service at a lower cost. First, Reagan was fiscally responsible, but he was also pragmatic and compassionate.

That's why I have pushed to move forward with a plan to expand Medicaid while protecting Ohio's economic recovery. Extending health care coverage to 275,000 low-income Ohioans -- including 26,000 veterans -- builds on what we have done. It spares our hospitals the effects of looming cuts in federal funding for uninsured care, prevents additional projected increases in health insurance costs, and gives low-income workers a hand as they move up and into the workforce.

But Ronald Reagan was a New Dealer, not a modernizer.  These Ohioans would be better served by HSAs, where they could build wealth, instead of by coverage for health care they don't need.

Posted by at June 5, 2013 5:17 AM
  

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