In this NYT article (3/27/17), “In Health Bills’ Defeat, Medicaid Comes of Age,” the authors write that “over the past five decades, Medicaid has surpassed Medicare in the number of Americans it covers. It has grown gradually into a behemoth that provides for the medical needs of one in five Americans — 74 million people — starting for many in the womb, and for others, ending only when they go to their graves.”
They provide many important statistics about the breadth of Medicaid coverage and go on to argue that, “Medicaid, so central to the country’s health care system, also played a major, though far less appreciated, role in last week’s collapse of the Republican drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. While President Trump and others largely blamed the conservative Freedom Caucus for that failure, the objections of moderate Republicans to the deep cuts in Medicaid also helped doom the Republican bill.”
The article also provides a brief history of all the attempts to curtail Medicaid since its inception and how and why the program has survived and expanded as well as outlines the continuing efforts to undermine it in the current charged political climate.
See the full article here.