Reader View: Medicaid is failing Hispanics

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 7:00 pm

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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  • Robert Malone posted at 8:51 am on Wed, May 7, 2014.

    Robert Malone Posts: 3

    Agree Medicaid saves lives and should be expanded especially with so many people in dire straits.... three people applying for every 1 job opening.

  • mark ropel posted at 8:06 am on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    Mark Ropel Posts: 3

    This guy gave a speech, 6-15-2010, at the American Enterprise Inst, I just Googled his name and went back 3 pages, there's no mention of "Hispanic" anything there, just a typical right wing attack on the ACA . Maybe this is that new GOP "out reach" we've heard about. Well on this issue, every New Mexican knows some New Mexican, maybe just in passing, who owes their life / lives to the care they get from Medicaid. I conclude from that, success, not failure, Dr..


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