Another large scale randomized study among low-income, able bodied Oregonians tested the effects of Medicaid. Here is what they found:
“The study did not generate any evidence that Medicaid coverage translated to measurable improvements in physical health outcomes over a two-year window,” said lead researcher Katherine Baicker of the Harvard School of Public Health. “It did generate robust improvements in mental health and enormous reductions in financial strain and hardship.”
I dont want to keep picking on Esther Duflo, but she is the only one I know in the administration that advocates such randomized trials to evaluate policy. She has been appointed to the administration policy council. Will she recommend policy changes based on the science?