A random thought for Memorial Day, which seems to have become one of national support of all things military: There is an interesting study by the Urban Institute that says veterans (click) would be better off under so-called Obamacare because it expands eligibility for Medicaid.
The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said the uninsurance rate of veterans is lower than among the nonelderly population as a whole (10.5 percent compared with 17.9 percent). Nonetheless, 41 percent of uninsured veterans report having unmet medical needs, while nearly 34 percent say they have delayed care due to cost.
Veterans have hugely high unemployment and homelessness numbers. Because of huge demand, the VA has even had to cut back on their eligibility to use VA medical centers.
Veterans are just one group that stands to benefit, of course. Any senior who hated paying the prescription “donut hole” is benefitting. Anyone with kids between 21 and 26 years of age in college benefits, and anyone with a preexisting condition benefits.
But of course, in order to pay for it, the law requires almost everyone to join, which is socialism so we have to toss the whole thing out. Funny, lawmakers don’t seem to mind making eveyone pay for highways even thought not everyone drives a car.