For the lowest-income Americans, having health insurance often means Medicaid. Having a Medicaid card in your wallet is better for your health than having no coverage at all. But it’s also worse than just about any other form of health insurance in America.
Despite its high costs, Medicaid yields low-quality health outcomes for the millions of low-income Americans who must rely on it. In 2009, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said, “Medicaid is a caste system. It is unfair to poor people and it is unfair to taxpayers.” For the Hispanic community — which includes many lower-income people and even more taxpayers — the senator’s comments ring truer than ever.
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