One sweet deal
Do you know anyone who depends on Indiana"s Medicaid program? Yes, they"re the ones who walk around bragging about their great health care benefits.
According to the Indianapolis Star Editorial Page, Indiana"s Medicaid program is one sweet deal. So sweet, in fact, you"d think that people would be flocking to Hoosierland just to get a piece of this action. To read The Star, we might as well have signs posted at the state line: "Indiana: Canada of the Midwest."
The Star contends that our Medicaid program offers "more generous benefits than those provided by most private health insurers." Our program offers 31 of 34 possible options, including chiropractic and over-the-counter prescriptions. No wonder enrollment is expected to reach 13 percent, or almost one in eight, of the state"s population in the next year.
But wait! We can - and will - do better. Here"s where that ol" Brain Drain can work for us. Given the fact that young people really don"t have any reason to stay in Indiana (apart, perhaps, from the prospect of one day receiving Medicaid), it won"t be long before the number of people qualifying for Medicaid will go from one in eight to one in five. Then it will be one in three. Eventually, everyone in Indiana will be on Medicaid, which will mean that all Hoosiers will have "more generous benefits than those provided by most private health insurers." Indiana will be like Sweden!