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Medicaid's Untallied Costs
Cannon has written a thoughtful article cataloguing the parallels between welfare reform and Medicaid—and why Medicaid reform will also help empower the poor.
A significant body of research suggests that, as it exists today, Medicaid encourages recipients to become dependent on government; encourages people to behave in ways that increase the cost of government and of health care, which makes self-reliance more difficult for their neighbors; and encourages state policymakers to get more people to behave that way. A worthwhile attempt to cut Medicaid costs would look beyond state and federal budgets and seek to minimize other costs as well.
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