Some Kentuckians who have come to depend on Kentucky Homeplace Program for free medical services are now out of luck.
The program is out of money and has been closed.
Framing the problem as a “budget shortfall” is a convenient way to make the case for tax increases. But whether Frankfort is bailed out by federal taxpayers or state taxpayers fails to address the persistent issue of too much spending.
And the main point is that programs like this seek to spread dependency on government to people who have too much income to qualify for Medicaid. And when they fail there will always be people they can prop in front of cameras to make the case for another, bigger program.
How many failed programs must we endure before we stop setting up more government programs to buy healthcare for people who could buy it more cheaply if they didn’t have to compete with the government for medical services?
That last question may take a little while to sink in. It’s a shame that living without government manipulation of healthcare in America is now an abstract concept.