Lt. Gov’s Press Conference: Personal Responsibility and Free Markets
At yesterday’s press conference, featuring Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, RI Secretary of Health and Human Services Stephen Costantino, and new health exchange Director Christine Ferguson, I asked about the uninsured Rhode Islanders expected to find coverage with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
How many of the 120,000 new recipients would really just be young adults who’ve heretofore determined that they don’t really need coverage? My premise is that such people don’t necessarily overlap extensively with the population that uses expensive emergency room services as a primary care vehicle.
The answers were interesting, especially for anybody who is striving to assess the likely next steps of health care policy development. Costantino seemed at least partially to affirm my premise: “You have some young people who are working for a small business that don’t have health insurance; they haven’t really utilized the system. But it’s scary.”
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