How do we improve healthcare for the poor?

Robert Doar • MAY 24, 2016

Robert Doar of the American Enterprise Institute examines the social support programs that are in place for people living in poverty. According to Doar, Medicaid is the place for policy-minded people to focus on, as it is the largest such program in terms of both spending and enrollment. Doar argues that spending on poverty is largely Medicaid spending, but that rather than going to poor people directly, it in fact goes to providers and those who operate managed care plans. Doar argues that despite the criticism that is often leveled at Medicaid, the program actually provides a reasonably good level of care. In his view, the care is not equal to private care or that which wealthy people can buy, but nor is it realistic for the program to aspire to deliver such a level of care.

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