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November 07, 2005

More Signs of Our System's Impending Collapse

From the "we're all screwed" department:

Federal spending on the uninsured has not kept pace with the growing number of Americans who have no health care insurance, according to a report. As the number of uninsured Americans increased by 4.6 million from 2001 to 2004, net federal spending per uninsured person fell $546, to $498, during the same period, according to the findings from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. After adjusting for inflation, total federal spending for care for the uninsured increased by 1.3 percent from 2001 to 2004 while the number of uninsured increased by 11.2 percent, resulting in an 8.9 percent decline in federal spending per uninsured person.

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I haven't seen any details on the cuts the House budget reconciliation measure will make in Medicaid, but surely the figures cited will dip again in per-person spending.

Add to that the huge amounts each state will be asked to make to battle a flu pandemic (70% of costs) and one wonders if both the plan and the result is to drive the uninsured completely out of the health care system.

IMO, the middle class bears much guilt about allowing the Medicaid program to falter without protest. They depend upon it heavily to provide end-of-life care for their parents, and at any point the middle class could end up falling through the insurance cracks to uninsured status. Even self-interest isn't enough, apparently, to get the nation aroused about this moral evil of cuts to health care for the poorest people.

Posted by: JimPortandOR | Nov 7, 2005 12:02:51 PM

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