Monthly Archives: March 2014

Talking Healthcare for Ex-Convicts on Fox News

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Was on Fox News this morning talking about the prisoners being enrolled in Medicaid as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

I pointed out that this will improve public safety since healthcare coverage has been proven to reduce recidivism (people returning to prison for new crimes), for many reasons including improvements in mental health and financial security.

Have been on that show a number of times and respect host Jenna Lee for her fair moderation of the conversation.  Also respect my fellow guest Avik Roy, though I wish that he would join moderates like me in being constructive critics of the parts of the Affordable Care Act that need to be fixed.  It’s pointless to relitigate a debate that was over four years ago.

On the show, I mentioned two things: First that healthcare coverage helps reduce recidivism.  Good write-up of that here.  Also that that the Oregon Health Study showed improved mental health outcomes.  A good review of this study and a thorough debunking of the silly talking point that health coverage does not improve health outcomes can be found here.

(H/T The Incidental Economist http://theincidentaleconomist.com/)