In his discussion of health-insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr states, “Many more have chosen Medicaid, a government-run plan intended to be a last resort, not a default public-option for care.” This is inaccurate and misleading.
Medicaid is not an option that is available to everyone, but only to those whose income is below a certain amount. For a single person, that amount is about $1,300 per month. That would have to cover housing, utilities, food, clothing, transportation, taxes and, of course, medical and dental care. To imply that Medicaid should not be available to people at that income level is simply wrong.