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Refusing to Expand Medicaid Means More People Die of Cancer

In further news from the Not Really Pro-Life Department, Governor Kristi Noem and other Republican governors who have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act may have contributed to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of Americans with cancer. So says preliminary research from Dr. Anna Lee, radiation oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City:

Lee’s team analyzed nationwide data from 1999 to 2017 and found a 29 percent decline in cancer deaths in states that expanded Medicaid, from 65.1 to 46.3 per 100,000 people.

In states that didn’t expand Medicaid, there was a 25 percent decline, from 69.5 to 52.3 per 100,000 people.

The additional benefits for states that expanded Medicaid amounted to an estimated 785 fewer cancer deaths in 2017 alone. The findings will be presented this week at a virtual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, or ASCO. Such research is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

“This study provides needed data to understand the effects of Medicaid expansion on cancer care. Better access to quality cancer care, in this case through state expansion of Medicaid, leads to fewer cancer deaths,” Dr. Richard Schilsky, ASCO chief medical officer and executive vice president, said in a meeting news release [“Medicaid Expansion Under Obamacare May Have Cut U.S. Cancer Deaths,” UPI: Health Day, 2020.05.15].

Beating cancer, lowering maternal mortality, lowering infant mortality, not to mention budget-neutrally stimulating the economy—none of that is important to Kristi Noem as her ideological commitment to never admitting that Barack Obama had a good idea and that working together through government can produce positive results for all Americans.


  1. jerry 2020-05-16 19:11

    Speaking of Barack Obama, here he is. Listen to this and then you realize what we miss in this country, leadership.

    We’re now led by the most inept group of crooks and liars that we’ve ever seen assembled. None of them can actually put a sentence together that the thinking listener can’t help but to taste vomit in their mouths. November is coming vote. Vote for your local Democrat to put an end to the skulduggery in Pierre so we can have Medicaid Expansion to save our women and children. While your voting, vote to flush the excrement out of the White House, 200,000 killed by stupid, is more than enough.

  2. Debbo 2020-05-16 20:42

    Kruel Kristi and the SDGOP strike again. And again and again and again and again and ……………

  3. Bucko Bear 2020-05-16 23:10

    As a cancer survivor I can only be glad that when I was stricken, I had access to exceptional care and the coverage to deal with my condition.
    I heard today that more rural hospitals are closing in the states that didn’t expand Medicare. We in North Mississippi are one of them.
    doG help us.

  4. Tim Higgins 2020-05-17 06:07

    According to the study you cite, deaths from Cancer also declined in states that didn’t expand Medicaid.

  5. 96Tears 2020-05-17 15:45

    Cancer, schmancer! COVID Kristi doesn’t care. Dying from a treatable disease means nothing compared to her political career.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-05-18 05:53

    Yes, Tim, but not as much .The point of the study is that, while modern medicine is getting better at catching and beating cancer, states that haven’t expanded Medicaid haven’t brought that death rate down as much as the sensible states that have put practical affordable access to health care ahead of inexcusable partisan politics.

  7. jerry 2020-05-20 09:21

    When you have a for profit, grifting drug industry, you must then depend on government to regulate it and to be able to do better than to just watch you die.

    “Most new cancer drugs in the US are priced at more than $100,000 per patient per year, according to the National Cancer Institute, with some price tags reaching $400,000. But while the National Cancer Institute found that 90 percent of people in the United States believed cancer drugs are too expensive, costs have continued to rise – and so have patients’ anxiety levels.”

    Covid King and Queen NOem, along with the rest of the trumpian ghouls just want you to die quickly without complaining.

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