June 30 was the day when Medicaid’s enhanced federal matching rates expires, leaving states struggling to sustain health care’s safety net. A sensible solution would be for Congress to simply extend the supplemental funds.
Too many Democrats seem not to grasp the choice before them – the legislation simply has too much to offer to believe for a minute that doing nothing is the better choice.
Affordable health care for everyone is too important for policy makers to sit back and wait for the health care industry to cut costs and improve quality. The industry needs a push, in the form of a little financial pressure. Medicare is the mechanism through which the federal government has leverage to increase the pace of change in the U.S. health care system.
After decades of effort, the enactment of universal health insurance coverage is actually in sight.