If one can define the terms of the debate, one probably will win. This observation came to mind when I read M. Royce Van Tassell's "Medicaid access doesn't improve health" (Opinion, May 12), ironically, on Mother's Day.
He claimed that a study comparing Medicaid-covered individuals versus uninsured individuals showed no difference in overall health. He asserted that Medicaid-covered people are leaching off the poor taxpayer.
Van Tassell failed to mention the cost of expensive emergency room care, which is where uninsured individuals seek most of their health care. Instead of seeking regular preventive care, the unfortunate uninsured usually wait until their health care needs become acute.