Exploring The Campaign’s Health Policy Buzzwords, Proposals

Topics: Health Costs, Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Politics, Health Reform, States

Sep 12, 2012

The NewsHour compares the policies advanced by the Obama administration and the Romney campaign. Meanwhile, Bloomberg News offers an analysis on how GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney proposes to change Medicaid.

NewsHour (Video): Making Sense Of Health Care: Competing Claims On Campaign Trail About Reform
Paul Solman compares and contrasts “Obamacare” policy with health care reform proposals from Mitt Romney. Economists on both sides of the political debate discuss increasing efficiency, technological innovation, market competition and vouchers (9/11).

Bloomberg: Medicaid To Lose $1.26 Trillion Under Romney Block Grant
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would strip Medicaid of $1.26 trillion over nine years as part of a plan to do away with the open-ended approach to funding the U.S. health-insurance plan for the poor, a Bloomberg Government study found. Romney proposes to convert Medicaid to a fixed allotment of money from an entitlement tied to economic indicators and a state’s caseload. Payments from the federal government would grow at 1 percentage point above inflation a year, creating the funding reduction, in exchange for fewer rules on how states use the money, according to the study released yesterday (Wayne, 9/11).

This is part of Kaiser Health News‘ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

I took this picture at the "Ask Mitt Anyt...

I took this picture at the “Ask Mitt Anything” townhall at the NHIOP (Saint Anselm College) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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