Vitter endorses privatization of Medicaid.

Throughout the summer, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has attacked President Obama’s efforts to reform health care in America, bragging on his Twitter page about how he is “fighting Obamacare.” At the same time, Vitter has told his constituents that he does support some reform, but that he doesn’t want “to throw the baby out with the bathwater” or push “a lot of people off insurance that they have now, that they enjoy now.” But Vitter supported doing just that yesterday as he endorsed a plan that would privatize Medicaid and scrap the nation’s employer-based health insurance system:

U.S. Sen. David Vitter has endorsed a new study from a conservative think tank that calls for scrapping the nation’s employer-based health insurance system in favor of individually owned policies and converting the Medicaid program into vouchers for private insurance. […]

Vitter, a staunch opponent of the public option, called the document “an important contribution to the debate.”

Kane conceded that some of his group’s policy priorities — particularly a wholesale shift away from employer-based insurance and traditional Medicaid — are unlikely to be enacted this year. But he and the senator said it is important to put as many ideas as possible on the table.


In a tweet, Vitter called the plan from the conservative Pelican Institute an example of “common sense conservative reforms.”