The National Review published a story last week titled “Medicaid: ‘Unlimited’ for Patients with Prevencies” that suggests that Medicare is “too close to home” to treat patients with pre-existing conditions.
“Medicine is too expensive for many Americans to go on a long-term care insurance plan, and some people can’t afford it, even with high-deductible plans,” the article reads.
“They can’t even get the prescription drugs they need to treat their chronic conditions.”
Medicare “is too expensive to go without the medication they need for their chronic diseases,” it continues.
“That means the government is going to have to step in to provide it for people who need it.”
The piece goes on to suggest that if the federal government “gets out of the way” of states and localities, states will be able to “purchase” prescription drugs.
The article also implies that there is a “chilling effect” on state and local governments from a “massive federal government intervention” in health care, and that “if a state gets a Medicaid expansion, it will have to make sure it pays the same for prescription drugs as it does for private health insurance.”
The article argues that “Medicis prescription drug plan will have a price tag that will be almost identical to what you pay now for private insurance, even if you live in a state that is willing to pay that price.”
However, in the article, the authors of the piece make it clear that they are referring to a hypothetical Medicare plan that has not yet been approved by the Obama administration.
“The ACA will cover all Americans regardless of where they live, the state they live in, or how much money they earn,” the authors wrote.
“States are already taking advantage of the program to provide high-quality healthcare for their citizens, and now it will be up to Congress to take the reins.”
This isn’t the first time the National Review has pushed back against proposals to expand Medicaid.
In 2015, the magazine took issue with a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that would have allowed states to increase Medicaid enrollment.
In a January 2017 piece, the publication argued that “the idea of expanding Medicaid to all Americans would create a huge hole in the budget.”
The story also questioned whether “the Affordable Care Act has made it possible for states to purchase prescription drugs” from the federal health insurance marketplace, and concluded that “it’s clear that the Trump administration has not done enough to address the fact that the ACA is a disaster.”