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Re: “Sen. Terry Rice stands by statement that Medicaid expansion "enslaves" our children

Doigotta, thanks for letting me know your thoughts. Of course, Medicare is not under discussion here, so it isn't clear why you're bringing it in.

If you were more familiar with the debate over Medicaid, you might know that controlled experiments have shown that the care that people receive through that program is typically is of such poor quality that it had no effect whatsoever on the physical health outcomes of enrollees when its beneficiaries were compared to the people who received no assistance at all. So there's an important issue here that you may be overlooking -- namely, not just the dollar cost of any program, but that program's actual value to society. It is hard to avoid the conclusion that, with respect to some states implementation of Medicaid, that value is very low and is greatly exceeded by its cost.

One might say that the desire to spend other people's money on government programs, when the science says that it isn't worth the cost, shows us what kind of person you are.

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Posted by Dan Greenberg on 04/11/2016 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Sen. Terry Rice stands by statement that Medicaid expansion "enslaves" our children

David, less than a year ago, your paper published an article by Ernest Dumas entitled "Slaves to the Past." The force of the metaphor in Dumas's title is that we are, sometimes and to some extent, controlled by things that happened long ago. You can fight the metaphor all you want, but I find it hard to believe that a smart, well-read guy like you really finds its use all that unusual -- apparently other Arkansas Times staffers do not. I think a more sober analysis of the metaphor is that, if anything, its use approaches a cliche. I appreciate that there are some members of the legislature with an almost entrepreneurial talent for taking offense, but this is a pretty slim reed.

Thanks for the link to the Arkansas Project -- I think if you go back and read it, you'll see that there is a pretty strong argument that the .0004 percent figure is not the relevant one. Medicaid expansion on a national basis is very, very, very expensive.

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Posted by Dan Greenberg on 04/11/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Suffer the children: Youth punishment in Arkansas

The primary job of government is to protect people's rights, and it's quite literally outrageous what the Yell County detention facility was doing to its charges. That said, it is a very strange mistake in logic to draw conclusions about prison privatization from this episode, given that the monstrous treatment discussed above was brought to the Arkansas public by the public sector -- in particular, the Yell County Sheriff's Department, or a division thereof.

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Posted by Dan Greenberg on 11/18/2014 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Private option looms large in GOP primary race between Sen. Bill Sample and challenger Jerry Neal

David -- you know I love your work, but on the P.S., Brummett is a bit two-faced in this context. A few hours ago, Brummett tweeted that the PO is an "element" of Obamacare. I think that earlier viewpoint is correct, and it is certainly consistent with a common-sense interpretation of what Neal said.

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Posted by Dan Greenberg on 05/15/2014 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Searching for two more votes for a private option supermajority

Sorry you had plenty of time to emit abuse and self-love, outlier, but you didn't have time to answer one simple question. Very revealing.

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Posted by Dan Greenberg on 02/27/2014 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Searching for two more votes for a private option supermajority

Notably, you have supplied four paragraphs of abuse towards me and compliments toward yourself. What is absent, naturally, is anything like an argument.

It is interesting that I asked you to answer one simple question, namely: what's your theory as to why ER use went up in Oregon. Naturally, you are too busy explaining your own brilliance and insulting me to discuss the issue.

Anyone who had the slightest bit of expertise in evaluating scientific literature can see that you have no argument to present. It's not enough just to say that one dataset is different from another. I grant that you accomplished that. If you were to present an argument as to why the two datasets are materially different, that would be interesting. It is there that you failed.

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Posted by Dan Greenberg on 02/26/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Searching for two more votes for a private option supermajority

Outlier, you insist that saying that Medicaid expansion in Oregon can't be compared to Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. But you never provide an argument for it: denial, as such, is not an argument. What's really startling is that you seem not to understand the way Medicaid works: it's not, as you say, anything like a "charity" case. So your attempt to draw a distinction between private-option enrollees and Medicaid enrollees is a complete failure.

I guess another way to put it is this: the evidence shows that Medicaid enrollees use the emergency room far more often than the uninsured. What's your theory as to why that is? That is the key question you are avoiding. Until you answer that question, your pontifications about how unanalyzable the private option is and your argument from self-appointed authority on scientific matters is largely pointless.

Posted by Dan Greenberg on 02/26/2014 at 5:35 PM

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