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October 29, 2012 10:00 AM Medicaid

By Aaron Carroll

Paul Krugman steps up to talk about Medicaid:

There’s a lot we don’t know about what Mitt Romney would do if he won. He refuses to say which tax loopholes he would close to make up for $5 trillion in tax cuts; his economic “plan” is an empty shell.
But one thing is clear: If he wins, Medicaid — which now covers more than 50 million Americans, and which President Obama would expand further as part of his health reform — will face savage cuts. Estimates suggest that a Romney victory would deny health insurance to about 45 million people who would have coverage if he lost, with two-thirds of that difference due to the assault on Medicaid.
So this election is, to an important degree, really about Medicaid. And this, in turn, means that you need to know something more about the program.

I welcome this piece with open arms. I’ll also use it as an opportunity to read the many, many, many awesome posts we’ve written recently on the subject. I’ll also post this again:

That’s the projected spending of the candidates on health care in the future. There’s a real choice this election, and contrary to what you hear, it’s not really about Medicare.

[Cross-posted at The Incidental Economist]

Aaron Carroll ,MD, is an associate professor of Pediatrics and the associate director of Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine.
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