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Plan to extend medical aid hits New Jersey bump

AP/Philadelphia Inquirer, April 7, 2008
Audits that found wasteful spending in New Jersey's healthcare programs for the poor are raising questions about whether the state could manage a universtal health-insurance program for residents. The audits found wealthy people enrolled in health programs for the poor, paltry oversight of healthcare programs, and wasteful spending. "If the state can't handle a small health-insurance program, then what confidence can anyone have that it will do a better job when it tries to cover everyone in New Jersey?" asked New Jersey Assemblyman Richard Merkt.