Posts Tagged ‘Health Care Reform’
Supporters of the law argue that states should move quickly to create state insurance exchanges in order to ensure a higher level of state control, but this notion is an illusion. The law’s provisions would actually require Louisiana and its citizens to cede decision-making power to the federal government.
Although the Supreme Court let most of the ACA stand, Louisiana policymakers can still play an important role in the health care reform debate. Most importantly, they should refuse to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls and take a wait-and-see approach to state insurance exchanges.
Last week the Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) published a response to our critique of the health insurance exchange proposed by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson in SB744. We have reviewed their arguments in favor of the exchange and find them unpersuasive.
The 2009 Stimulus allocated money for states to improve their information technology systems, with the ideal result being enhanced care, readily available patient information, and up-to-speed communication.
[Ryan's plan] reforms the currently-unsustainable Medicare and Medicaid programs, and targets the inflated costs which have distorted the market beyond recognition.