Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday Linkage

■ FoIB Jeff M alerts us that Medicaid Reform has at long last arrived in the Tar Heel State:

"After several major revisions, Medicaid reform that had delayed budget approvals during recent years passed the General Assembly ... This new system will focus on keeping people healthy and delivering care where it makes the most sense for patients"

Time will tell, of course, whether these new metrics ultimately make a difference.

■ And from FoIB Holly R, we learn that health insurance deductibles are outpacing wage increases:

"Kaiser ... calculates that deductibles have risen more than six times faster than workers’ earnings since 2010."

This is, of course, typical right-wing propaganda, since we know that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan" including your preferred deductible.

Shame on the Kaiser Family Foundation.

■ From the "Your Tax Dollars @ Work" Department:

"Nearly half a million ObamaCare enrollees were able to claim more than $235 million in excess subsidies that they will never have to pay back" [emphasis added]

The article includes a real contender for "Best Line of 2015," as well:

"[T]hanks to a quirk in the law that leaves the program vulnerable to potentially billions in excess subsidy payments."

Gee, maybe they should have read it before they passed it.

Naah, that's just crazy talk.
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