During a long rant against government-subsidized health insurance on C-Span’s Washington Journal, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) claimed that being uninsured is better than being on Medicaid — the federal government program that provides health care for low-income Americans. Cassidy didn’t offer any specific examples of how Medicaid patients have worse outcomes than those who are uninsured.
Rep. Cassidy did not mention the important fact that federal law limits how much people in Medicaid can be charged for their health care. For low-income people, this prevents costs from being a barrier to obtaining needed health care. Low-income adults with private health insurance pay more than six times as much on out-of-pocket costs than do low-income adults with Medicaid.
(Source: ThinkProgress.org and C-Span)