Burden of Care: Swelling numbers make Medicaid, Medicare ripe for reform

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Burden of Care: Swelling numbers make Medicaid, Medicare ripe for reform

February 17, 2009

Abstract

In this Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California) commentary, John Holahan explains that Medicaid has done a good job of keeping costs under control and that its increase in spending is caused by the swelling number of enrollees, particularly in a weak economy. The 7 million people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare are not dealt with in a cost-effective way, though, and transferring responsibility for them to the federal government would pave the way for health reform.

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