Dzielak: Medicaid questions should go beyond just the expense

Suppose you pick up your newspaper and a headline says the school superintendent is “declaring war” on dropping out of school. You would infer the superintendent will deploy assets and tactics to reduce the number of students who quit before receiving their diplomas.

Suppose a year passes. You pick up your paper and a headline reports that school dropouts increased. You would infer the superintendent’s plan did not achieve the desired result.

Dr. David Dzielak, appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to direct the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, made a comment last week worth pondering. Specifically, he said there’s no reason to believe increasing Medicaid spending will result in better health, overall, of Mississippians.