Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity document includes the following statement:
Recent studies have indicated that Medicaid patients are more likely to die after coronary artery bypass surgery, less likely to get standard care for blocked heart arteries, and more likelyto die from treatable cancer, than those with other coverage options. By some measures, such as in-hospital death rates following major surgeries, Medicaid patients fared even worse than the uninsured.
As Austin Frakt explains, the Ryan folks leave a very misleading impression. (They should have read this NEJM essay to get the issues straight.) Moreover, Ryan’s proposed cuts and block grants would make Medicaid’s genuine reimbursement problems, about which he expresses concern, even worse.
Aaron Carroll finds further problems, including basic errors in citation, as he tried to track down the references in Ryan’s original document.
The lack of professionalism in Path to Prosperity won’t matter much, politically. Still, it’s a pretty depressing signal about the quality of policy thinking that underlays Ryan’s widely- and wrong-praised proposals.