How Medicaid Is Failing the Poor

Medicaid was created 50 years ago to provide health care for low-income Americans. Today, the program has expanded to the point where it may not even be able to take care of the people it was designed to help. Under Obamacare, a program that was only meant to be a safety net has become a catchall program that covers able-bodied adults.

Heritage expert Nina Owcharenko explains how Medicaid can be reformed to help instead of hurt vulnerable individuals:

Medicaid reform should not be another excuse to create a lifetime of dependence, but to support independence. Reform should assist those who are able to shift to a competitive private health insurance market, where coverage is more affordable and thus the need for assistance diminishes. For the disabled and elderly, reform should be more accountable to the patients by giving them greater choice and allowing for more patient-centered options.

Medicaid should be reformed not only to protect taxpayers from runaway spending, but to ensure it does not drift further from its core mission of helping the neediest Americans.

Do you think that the government needs to reform Medicaid?