Sunday, October 14, 2012
Letting the states fix Medicaid?
I saw an article earlier this week--a few days ago--in Rupert Murdoch's business-loving Wall Street Journal saying:
Howard and Sykes: Medicaid Is Broken—Let the States Fix It
Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans
(Link at bottom)
And I can tell you, without quoting any of it here, that the surest way to kill Medicaid would be for the Federal Government to take the money and disperse it to the states individually.
This whole thing that keeps coming back again and again, that of the government collecting monies for different things and that the best thing to happen for any program is for the states to distribute the funds is a Right Wing, conservative, mostly Republican idea that is sheer tripe.
Hasn't anyone heard of "divide and conquer"?
Are we seriously going to fall for this?
On these issues of spending, let alone addressing and solving our problems, it seems obvious, clear and necessary that we need to stay and work together, all of us, as Americans, instead of pulling ourselves apart with our differences.
For Medicaid, Medicare, health care and all our problems as a nation and people, there is strength in our being and working together. Taking apart this or any other program only weakens it--and us.
As Benjamin Franklin so aptly, wisely and familiarly said, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
And it is certainly applicable here.