Florida's Medicaid Experiment

Download Audio

If you're poor and sick in America, God help you. No one knows what to do with the cost of helping you out. Look at the headlines. Yesterday, a U.S. Senate committee voted to cut $10 billion from Medicaid and Medicare spending, even as health care costs soar.

Today, there is news that Wal-Mart, the country's largest employer, is looking to cut spending on health care and hire younger, healthier job applicants. Already, almost half of the children of Wal-Mart's employees are uninsured or on Medicaid.

Now, Governor Jeb Bush's Florida is mounting a radical change in how the poor are covered — by privatizing and outsourcing.

Hear how other cash-strapped states are watching Florida's experiment with capping health care for the poor.


Julie Rovner, National Public Radio Health Policy Correspondent;
Jim Frogue, Director of the Center for Health Transformation;
Alan Gomez, Reporter for the Palm Beach Post.;
Holly Benson, Republican Sate Rep. from Pensacola.;
Joan Alker, Senior Researcher at the Georgetown University center for Children and Families.

This program aired on October 26, 2005.


More from On Point

Listen Live