Star Parker

They live under the hallucination perpetuated by Washington that they have health coverage. Yet 40 percent of our doctors refuse Medicaid patients because they are not adequately reimbursed. And study after study shows that the health care they do get is substandard. That Medicaid patients are, for instance, far more likely to not survive an operation, compared to someone with private insurance.

Obamacare's answer to this is to expand the income level qualifying for Medicaid and put another 20 million on it, with the same pretense about being "covered."

At the same time, as Dennis Smith, former Director of Medicaid at HHS, points out, the new qualifying structure of Medicaid has the same characteristics as did welfare that led to wholesale breakdown of black families.

An individual earning $10,800 qualifies for Medicaid. For two individuals, that is $21,600. But qualifying income for a family of two is $20, 107. So efficient incentives are built in to discourage marriage among low-income earners, a reality in all likelihood already contributing to their shaky economic status.

The House repeal of Obamacare was not theater. It was reality TV.

The follow up act must be to reform health care with real freedom and capitalism.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.