The latest results, showing that Medicaid makes you happier, but not healthier, provoked this:
It’s time for liberal media types like myself to eat some humble pie.
The result calls into question the $450 billion a year we spend on Medicaid, and the fact that ObamaCare throws 11 million more Americans into this broken program.
James Pethokoukis (AEI):
The researchers running the study are talking up those positive results, but that is just a lame effort to turn lemons into lemonade
Michael Cannon (Cato):
There is no way to spin these results as anything but a rebuke to those who are pushing states to expand Medicaid.
Zeke Emanuel: “It’s disappointing.”
Megan McArdle: “Shocker.”
When Katherine Baicker described the preliminary finding that Medicaid enrollees “felt healthier” two years ago at a Cato forum, she was almost giddy. There was no giddiness this week. The researchers appeared almost desperate to find something good to say. Tyler Cowen writes:
Reading more carefully through the quotations from [Amy] Finkelstein and [John] Holahan in the [New York Times], I find it amazing, and I suppose even embarrassing, what those commentators are claiming as a positive result.