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Idaho Gov. Otter's health care solution for the poor

Idaho governor: Eliminate personal property tax

By The Associated Press
The Examiner, January 7, 2013

(Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch") Otter is... not immediately endorsing the expansion of Idaho's Medicaid coverage to include more than 100,000 additional low-income residents whose bills would largely be paid for with funding from Washington.

Instead, Otter now plans to spend the next year studying how Idaho's federal-state funded health care system for the poor can be revamped to make it less focused on paying fees for services and more on requiring Medicaid beneficiaries to take more responsibility for their health.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/idaho-governor-eliminate-personal-property...

Comment:

By Don McCanne, MD

Wow! What a great idea! Instead of paying for essential health care services for Medicaid patients, let's make those people "take more responsibility for their health." We could expand the same concept to everyone, including Gov. Otter, and then our health care spending problem would be solved.

Please excuse the abject frivolity of this comment, but what I really want to know is, what has happened to compassion in America?