John Goodman with a typically astute observation on the double standard that applies to health policy:
- Arizona…plans to limit adult Medicaid recipients to 25 days of hospital coverage a year, starting as soon as the end of October.
- Hawaii plans to cut Medicaid coverage to 10 days a year in April.
- Other states have already limited hospital stays under Medicaid: the limit is 45 days in Florida, 30 in Mississippi, 24 in Arkansas and 16 in Alabama.
…Two provisions in the health reform act (ObamaCare) reflect the same double standard. First, private insurers will not be allowed to have any annual or lifetime caps whatsoever on the amount they will spend on an enrollee under the new law. At the same time, half of the newly insured under the act will be enrolled in Medicaid — where the limits will apparently border on the unconscionable!
The inability to judge private and public programs by the same set of ethical norms has long affected left-of-center thinking.
Read the whole thing. I’d be tempted to expand on this post in regard to the collectivist mindset generally that invades the most important sectors of our economy and universities. But that would be uncollegial.