Physician-owned hospitals are simultaneously lobbying to get some of the financial restrictions imposed by the Affordable Care Act lifted by Congress, while also expanding services that haven't been proscribed, reported The Wall Street Journal.
In an era when politicians compete to repeat the same sound bites endlessly, I have to give Michigan House of Representatives Speaker Jase Bolger credit for adding a completely new concept to the long shopworn debate over how to implement the Affordable Care Act: The Medicaid "lifestyle."
Bolger made reference to that as part of a GOP-backed proposal introduced in the Michigan House that would limit the state's adult, non-disabled residents to receiving Medicaid benefits for no more than 48 months in their lifetimes.
"It goes entirely to our belief that government assistance is not an entitlement, nor is it a lifestyle, if you're an able-bodied adult," he told the Detroit News. Michigan is one of 16 states still figuring out whether to expand Medicaid. Read more...
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