Speaking to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Dr. Matthew Rohrbach, West Virginia state delegate, noted the moderate success his state has had in moving to managed care in controlling rising Medicare costs.
However, he also acknowledged room for improvement:
We need to stimulate employment … so that people will move off of Medicaid and onto private insurance because they’ll have better-paying jobs and a brighter future. The other big thing — and I feel very strongly about this aspect of it — is preventive medicine. We lead the nation in obesity, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, respiratory disease and smoking. We’ve got to turn those statistics around in order to get a healthier population that won’t use as much health care, particularly when they’re young. That’s the key, and healthier people are more employable people.