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Is Your State Stealthily Privatizing Medicaid and Putting Patients at Risk?

Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and other Republican governors are handing over taxpayer dollars to private companies to provide health care--and make profits.

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That the US lags behind its competitors in the developed world is because business interests compromise the rights of the patient--the citizen--to have ready access to affordable healthcare. In states like Louisiana and Illinois, governors are pushing the care of disabled populations into the high-risk world of the for-profit publicly listed company, placing those sick patients depressingly close to the whims of the roulette wheel stock market. The myth of the efficient public-private partnership that delivers both high patient outcomes and private profits is just that: a myth.

The 2008 crash proved that many large corporations cannot even run themselves as successful businesses without needing the wide-scale support of public government. We are all still, collectively, paying the price for that failure, as well as the collective dodging of corporate responsibility in paying taxes that create such a drain on the public purse. It is hard not to wonder, almost three years after the market crash, why corporations would be any better at addressing the needs of the general public, in a field in which people’s lives are at stake.

Emily Manuel is editor-in-chief at GlobalComment.com and a freelance writer.

 
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