In this guest column, UTMB’s Laura Hermer wrote that legislators and others in Texas, Florida, Nevada and elsewhere started threatening to drop Medicaid months ago, claiming they could create a better and cheaper program by providing subsidies for private coverage for the poor. “We’ve heard about how private business works better and cheaper than government for many years now. We’ve made a lot of public policy decisions based on this premise. Consequently, we also have some data on how well this has worked. How much better and cheaper has the private market in fact functioned in comparison with government programs? In the case of Medicaid, we have a particularly good example from Indiana.”