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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:46 PM

2. Feds/Obama agree to let Florida privatize Medicaid program!!!!

Read the last paragraph in the article. What the hell is that all about!?!?!? So the costs of MEDICAID (1) will be jacked up to provide a profit layer, or
(2) the private providers will have to reduce the quality and quantity of care provided to squeeze out profits, or
(3) in the grand tradition of privatization, BOTH jack up prices AND reduce services.

We saw this in Pennsylvania when the state outsourced/privatized care of the mentally ill/mentally retarded to group homes. Quality of care and competence/training of caregivers decreased drastically. Has this privatization of Medicaid occurred in any other states, or is Obama trying to slip this through in Florida on the down low?

Scott's announcement came hours after federal health officials said they plan to approve the

state's longstanding request to privatize its Medicaid program statewide if they agree to beef up

transparency and accountability measures. He said that decision signaled that feds were willing

to work with the state to give them the flexibility they need.

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