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Are Republican Governors Ready to Kill Tens of Thousands to Placate the Tea Party?

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Rob: What I'm trying to wrap my head around is that half a million people in this study got expanded coverage and it saved about 2500 lives, right?

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Dr. Sommers:  Yep.


Rob: So, if you extrapolate out to 16 or 17 million, it's going to be 32, 33, 34 times that. 75,000 or more people--lives will be saved.

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Dr. Sommers:  Your math is right. It's not necessarily clear that the overall national results would be exactly the same as what we saw at the state level and there are several reasons for that. One, is that, as I said each state is a little bit different in terms of how it runs its Medicaid program and who enrolls. So, it could be that other states won't have quite the same impact. And the other factor is that this federal expansion is actually going to be even bigger than the state ones were and so, while on the one it means you have more people enrolled, our suspicion is that the first people that sign up for Medicaid expansion are the ones who are the sickest, who really need help the most. And so as you start to add more people later on in a bigger expansion, they may not get quite as much bang for the buck, but still we'd expect to see a significant benefit. So, it's hard to fix it to an exact number but it certainly would be far greater than the 2500 we saw in just three states.


Rob: Now, there are some states that are talking about not signing up, like Texas, I believe. Right?


Dr. Sommers:  Yep. At least five or six states that their governor's have said they think they're unlikely to do the expansion.


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Rob: So, what your study suggests, it seems to me, would you agree, is that if these governor's decline to sign to up, potentially thousands of people in their state are going to die that might not have died because the study shows it?


Dr. Sommers:  You know, it certainly--that's--our findings provide evidence that expanding Medicaid saves lives and so if a state chooses not to do that we would definitely be worried that they're leaving some adults without any coverage who will have worse health and some who will die prematurely. So, that's certainly the policy implication--one of the key policy implications of our study and we think that this is really useful evidence for states to take into account.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 


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