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May 02, 2013

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Happy Thursday.

Sorry guys, almost no links from me again this morning; I've been swamped at work. Howie Kurtz did provide some amusement on Twitter last night, and that's all I've got.

Oh, and I just saw on Twitter, another electric car maker filed for bankruptcy.

Oh, and what the hell. Here's NYTimes' frontpage plug for a story on Medicaid:

There's an editorial decision here to trumpet the findings "reduced depression!" and "financially secure!" and to contrast that with "Florida's time runs out!" Not to mention the snore-inducing headline, properly translated: "taxpayer-funded healthcare increases use of healthcare." But if you go into the story, you'll find this thing that's kinduva bombshell:

It found that those who gained Medicaid coverage spent more on health care, making more visits to doctors and trips to the hospital. But the study suggests that Medicaid coverage did not make those adults much healthier, at least within the two-year time frame of the research, judging by their blood pressure, blood sugar and other measures. It did, however, substantially reduce the incidence of depression, and it made them vastly more financially secure.

Making and keeping people healthier is the reason for the program. But, hey, did you know that people are more financially secure when somebody else pays their medical bills? NYTimes really wants you to know that.

And note also the weasel words, the contrast between the almost casual "did not make those adults much healthier" and the strident "substantially reduce" and "vastly more financially secure."


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