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View Diary: ACA Signups EXCLUSIVE: Medicaid/CHIP total as high as 6.4 Million! (19 comments)

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  •  That is quite the accomplishment in itself (7+ / 0-)

    Either way, at least 4 million people in Medicaid/CHIP.

    All the focus on the private enrollments tends to obfuscate the fact that having people on Medicaid is also a really good thing.

    Now, expanded Medicaid is a key part of Obamacare — and so far, despite GOP obstruction, Medicaid enrollments have outpaced insurance through the exchanges. This is often reported as if it were a bad thing — as if Medicaid were somehow a fake solution, as if only purchases of private insurance count. But Medicaid is good, very cost-effective coverage! And rising Medicaid enrollment is, aside from a huge benefit to the previously uninsured, a step toward better cost control in the system as a whole.

    So liberals, don’t apologize for Medicaid growth. In economic and human terms, it’s just what the, um, doctor ordered.

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 06:34:25 PM PST

    •  The much abused CBO projection had 9-7 ratio (3+ / 0-)
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      ArcticStones, TopCat, sulthernao

      for Medicaid-CHIP:Private Insurance.

      The revised numbers would put the CBO projection on an easy glide-path for accuracy by end March 2014.

      In other words, very good news for some of the neediest among us.

      And a permanent black mark against the GOP in states unwilling to extend to their citizenry the full benefits of the law of the land.

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