For decades, Puerto Rico has received limited funding to run a bare-bones Medicaid program that fails to provide adequate care for 1.5 million people who depend on the program. It is time for Congress to stop nickel-and-diming Puerto Rico’s Medicaid program, and enact a permanent, comprehensive fix.
Puerto Rico and its residents have experienced numerous crises and shocks in the last decades, including an economic depression dating back to 2006; a public debt crisis resulting in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history and a federally appointed fiscal oversight board pursuing deep budget cuts; a demographic crisis with population dropping by more than 600,000 residents since peaking at 3.8 million in 2004; and most recently, the devastation and cascading effects left by the hurricanes of 2017.
An expansionist outlook of American leaders in the late 1800s led the United States to acquire possessions outside of the contiguous land that we still refer to as “the mainland.” However, other than designing military strategies that would provide the U.S. a geopolitical advantage, little thought was given to how these territories would be governed.
Guiar en Puerto Rico no es fácil. Siempre existe el riesgo de perder una goma por los numerosos y profundos huecos en las carreteras. A pesar que todos reconocen el problema, atender el asunto es complicado.
Se supone que la ley PROMESA facilitaría una transformación radical en el desempeño de nuestro sector público. Según la narrativa oficial, la intervención federal era inevitable ante nuestro desbarajuste administrativo.
The following piece was developed by our colleagues at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). It was written by Nicholas Johnson, CBPP’s Senior Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, and it was originally published on CBPP’s website on February 9, 2016.
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