Telemedicine: High-Quality, Affordable Care for Mississippi Families Hearing on Telemedicine Testimony before the Miss. State Senate, Public Health & Welfare Committee October 18, 2016 (Unabridged version) I am Dr. Jameson Taylor, vice president for policy with the Mississippi Center for…
Most rational people are concerned about the unconscionable burden of debt being placed on our children and grandchildren by the federal government. The explosion in federal spending is largely due to the rapid and unsustainable growth in entitlement programs.
Fact 1: Medicaid harms patients by providing low-quality care
The goal of Medicaid should be to provide high-quality health care at an affordable price. Medicaid fails to do that.
As part of the president’s health care plan (“ObamaCare”) states are being encouraged to expand Medicaid to cover able-bodied adults who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). Medicaid already covers low-income mothers and children, as well as disabled adults and low-income seniors. Expanding Medicaid will cover adults with no children who are working or could be working — at least some of whom already have private insurance coverage. In addition to being unnecessary, the expansion will result in lower quality care for Medicaid patients, higher taxes and debt, and job losses for the country as a whole.
We appreciate Governor Bryant’s willingness to take a stand on this issue. The promise of state control over an Obamacare health insurance exchange is an illusion. Federal officials have the power to dictate the operation of an Obamacare exchange, and we have no doubt they will do so over time.
Contrary to what was reported in this newspaper on Sunday, I did not “help design the [state health insurance] exchange used today,” and I have consistently opposed the creation of an exchange under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A brief call to my office before publishing these inaccuracies – and others – would have been helpful.
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This is a stunning expansion of the government’s power over our lives. It violates the principles of our nation’s founders. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy will continue to fight for free-market solutions to our nation’s health care problems.
Dr. Jameson Taylor
- The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already been ruled unconstitutional by a federal district court, a decision that will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in March 2012.
- Mississippi is party to a 26-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ACA.
Another federal court has now recognized that Congress does not have the authority to force Americans to buy a product. It is sad that so many people in Congress failed to read the text and history of the Constitution before they approved the massive health care overhaul bill last year, which included a provision requiring all Americans to buy health insurance.