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Senators Debate Expanding Medicaid

The New York Times, 25 September 2009
Publié le : 25 septembre 2009
 Jackie Calmes 

"Nearly all Republicans in Congress are opposed to a Democratic health care plan that would expand Medicaid to millions of currently uninsured Americans, generally citing its cost. But late on the third day of debate in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, several lawmakers suggested a new rationale: the health program for the poor is worse than no insurance.

"We're about to shove 11 million more people onto Medicaid, said Senator Michael B. Enzi, a Republican from Wyoming, and yet, he added, current beneficiaries and their children already have trouble finding doctors who are willing to treat them, given the program's low reimbursement rates in many states.

"Senator Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, took umbrage at Mr. Enzi's talk of shoving people into Medicaid, saying, Medicaid has its problems and we ought to fix them, but it's better than having no insurance at all. And Senator Kent Conrad, a Democrat from North Dakota, said Medicaid provides benefits to poor Americans that private policies would not; he cited a paraplegic man he knows who works at a low-wage job but needs help to get up in the morning and to bed at night, which Medicaid covers."

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ISSN 2107-7029
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