Expanding Medicaid doesn't improve physical health, Oregon study finds

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  • KDave Moab, UT
    May 5, 2013 7:40 a.m.

    This is a no-brainer. It is like saying food stamps will make people wealthy.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    May 3, 2013 5:08 p.m.

    It's not too surprising that in a short term study that behavior of patients wouldn't change drastically. If anyone expects things to change over night, they're either unreasonable or have an interest in the policy failing.

    I don't think anyone said that just having access to healthcare was the be-all, end-all solution for all health problems. There's no question that lifestyle choices is a significant factor, as well.

    NPR interviewed an ER physician who split his practice between Los Angeles and Honolulu and noted the difference in how ERs are used by the two different sets of citizens. In LA people use the ER for primary care, in Hawaii nearly everyone has a primary care physician. A key difference is the Hawaiian State requirement for employers providing health insurance has been in place for an extended period of time.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 3, 2013 3:57 p.m.

    80 million Americans are denying themselves some sort of portion of health care, be it doctors visits or medications, because they can't afford it. This doesn't improve health outcomes either. We need a single payer system.