I was discussing healthcare on another thread and another poster suggested that healthcare would be better served if left to the states. This article kinda knocks the wind out of that sail in my opinion. What should we do with the poor/ unemployed when they can no longer pull themselves up by the ole bootstraps and stumble into an hospital emergency room?
<Elected and appointed officials in nearly a half-dozen states, including Washington, Texas and South Carolina, have publicly thrown out the idea. Wyoming and Nevada this year produced detailed studies of what would happen should they withdraw from the program. Wyoming found that Medicaid accounts for 63% of the state's nursing-home revenue. >
<However, many elderly people rely on Medicaid to pay for long-term care at nursing homes, and that makes pulling out a "deal killer," Mr. Porter said. No good alternative currently exists to cover such nursing-home costs. >
Some States Weigh Unthinkable Option: Ending Medicaid - WSJ.com