Medicare Has Already Been Privatized. And That’s Not Good News.

April 18, 2016 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

As Drew Altman of Kaiser Family Foundation wrote in the Wall Street Journal (4/15/2016):
“To some degree many changes long sought by conservatives are already happening incrementally: More than half of Medicaid beneficiaries are in private managed-care plans. Almost one-third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in private Medicare Advantage Plans this year, rather than the traditional program, and the share is projected to grow to more than 40% by 2026. The same is true of private health insurance. Conservatives complain about the ACA, but their preferred vision of health insurance–with high deductibles and lots of “skin in the game” plans–is dominating in the marketplace. The trend is reinforced by many of the policies being sold in the ACA’s insurance marketplaces.”

Entry filed under: Affordable Care Act, Medicare Advantage (MA), Medicare Reform, Public Option, Ryan Plan, Uncategorized. Tags: , , , , , , .

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