Welfare Reform: A Matter Of Justice



Medicaid. It is the United States Federal Government program to aid
states in providing health care to the poor and impoverished who otherwise could
not receive proper medical care. In 1995 the federal government spent a
total of $77.4 Billion on Medicaid. This is up almost 300 percent from $20.1
Billion in 1984, only 10 years earlier. In the same 10 years state spending on
Medicaid rose over 250 percent from $16.5 Billion to $58.2 Billion. Under the
current Medicaid programs, Medicaid spending will increase at an annual rate of
10 percent, to an estimated $262 Billion by the year 2002.
Medicaid spending has grown much faster than the general rate of
inflation. For the Federal ...

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which were
passed directly back to the Medicaid program. The current average cost to care
for a patient in a nursing home is nine times greater than that of a single
dependent child. The price of medical care, in general, has drastically
increased. Expensive new technology and procedures are a large part of this
increase. The need for these costly new technologies is not expected to
decrease, the cost will just be passed on to the public through higher prices
and higher Medicaid spending. And finally, an estimated 10 percent of Medicaid
payments is wasted on fraud. This is mostly fraud by health care providers,
with a minuscule amount from patients with forged documents.
From 1985 to 1993 Medicaid enrollment has gone up 53 percent. In the
early 1970's, Medicaid recipients were at 8 percent. Today more than 13 percent
of the U.S. is receiving Medicaid's assistance. If there was no Medicaid,
current cuts in employer sponsored medical coverage would have increased ...

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Next is the idea behind
transacting business, or Justice in Transfer. This principal states that if a
person gives something of their own free will, then this holding is also just.
These are the only fair, reasonable, just ways for a person to acquire anything.
Any other way, and the holding will be considered unfair. Finally, there needs
to be a way to correct unjust holdings. If a person can provide proof that
their holdings have been taken unjustly, then the holding is unjust and
reconciliation can be made. However these must be specific claims with specific
proof of specific actions.
Next, the Minimal State is Nozick's idea of what a government should,
and should not, be. He ...

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