Medicaid is often vilified as a government-run abomination – a socialist experiment that causes huge delays in treatment and untold suffering and misery for those poor who are unfortunate enough to be sucked into its Marxist vortex.
So it comes as a surprise that a new survey shows Medicaid participants have a higher opinion of their insurance than those with health insurance in the private market.
That’s right, government-run insurance trumps the free market.
According to the recent survey by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan, 65 percent of those on Medicaid said they viewed their coverage as excellent or very good. For those receiving Medicare, 54 percent said it was excellent or very good.
By contrast, only 51 percent with employer-provided insurance said their coverage was excellent or very good, and 43 percent who purchased insurance on their own had this opinion.
Among those with Medicaid, a total of 59 percent surveyed said they had had no negative experiences with the insurance, compared to 39 percent among those with individual coverage.
In fairness, it’s unclear how much of the satisfaction stems from the fact that Medicaid recipients pay very little for their coverage. Still, many find the numbers relevant as state lawmakers continue to debate whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Healthcare Act.
At the very least, the survey shows Medicaid is not the Frankenstein’s monster many portray it to be.