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Landmark Study of Oregon System Calls Into Question Major Arguments for Universal Health Care


The New England Journal of Medicine has just published a “landmark” study that seems to call into question several progressive arguments regarding universal health care. In 2008, Oregon expanded its Medicaid program (akin to what states are right now being asked to do under Obamacare) and health researchers used that opportunity to study a random sample of about 12,000 people who applied and got into the program (6,000) and another roughly 6,000 who did not.  The report came to the key conclusion that people are zeroing in on:

This randomized, controlled study showed that Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured health outcomes in the first two years, but it did increase use of health services, raise rates of diabetes detection and management, lower rates of depression, and reduce financial strain.” 

People who got Medicaid used it, it freed up them up financially and made them feel better but did not necessarily make them better? The 'Real News' panel Thursday debatde how this study will affect the roll out of ObamaCare and what it says about universal health care, watch a clip below:

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