The problem I have with many people who advocate Liberal agendas is that they insists that they’re the most moral, caring people. That’s all fine and dandy, but you have to pay for care.
Case in point is Tennessee’s managed health care system, Tenncare. It was started 10 years ago when the state faced a budget crisis. Back then they were facing a $250 million shortfall in their budget, mainly due to runaway health care costs. So they decided to fix the problem by expanding the medical programs.
Sounds rather backwards, doesn’t it? But the plan was to screw over the Federal government since the Feds provide matching funds for Medicaid and Medicare. By enrolling thousands of the uninsured, proponents figured that they’d have the money rolling in toot sweet.
Well, the obvious happened. The program very quickly spiralled out of control, which is completely predictable. The cracks started to show as quickly as 5 years ago, with costs and corruption rampant. Even so, supporters tried to say that it was a success since the patients who benefitted the most from the program said that they were satisfied. (Give me something for free and see how much I complain.)
Tenncare popped up in the news earlier this year with the Canadian drug scandal. It seemed that Tennessee was getting desperate to reduce costs or find some funds.
Now it’s really gone off the rails. The program is costing $7.8 billion a year!!! And this is in a state without any income tax.
Reforms are being discussed but they seem very weak to me. It looks like about 430K people will have to be dropped from the rolls, and something tells me that this is just the start.
I don’t think a whole lot will be done before it’s a complete disaster. Everything I read about the program talks about how caring and moral it is, even though it will probably drive the state to the verge of bankruptcy and leave hundreds of thousands without any health care at all.