Read Larissa MacFarquhar’s New Yorker profile of Aaron Swartz, if you haven’t. In it you’ll learn that Swartz had ulcerative colitis, the chronic (and expensive) disease that Hayley Judd wrote about for us last month.
John Jackson also has U.C., and discovering Swartz had it too inspired him to “come out” about his diagnosis. He doesn’t mention financials, but his disclosures about the physical and mental effects of the disease and its treatment are harrowing (“There is no hard and fast rule for what will cause a flare-up, but one thing I am certain about: the pain of hunger is better than the pain of U.C. and so it is not uncommon for me to go an entire day without eating”).
Please read Stephanie Mincimer in Mother Jones on the shit show that is Florida’s Medicaid system, and what Gov. Rick Scott is doing to keep it that way: “Today, a single parent with two children can’t qualify for Medicaid in Florida if she makes more than $3,200 a year—one of the nation’s lowest eligibility levels. Obamacare provides funding to raise that ceiling to $25,390 for a family of three.”
BUT Scott is rejecting the Medicaid expansion and Obamacare funds because: “‘We don’t need to expand a big-government program to provide for everyone’s needs,’ he said. ‘What we need is to shrink the cost of health care and expand opportunities for people to get a job so more people can afford it.’” asldfjaksldjfklasjdflasjdfkl. And here are 12 other governors who think just like him. AMERICA.
Sarah Kliff on the state and future of Medicaid in Oregon, where the governor accepted $1.9 billion from the federal government to fill a budget gap with the promise that he will slow the growth of Medicaid in the state. (“It’s not unlike a payday loan, with a quick influx of cash and a large obligation to follow.”) They are doing some interesting things to figure this out! IT MIGHT BE THE FUTURE.