Chart of the day (Who gets Medicaid?)

Both Klein and Yglesias highlight this very worthwhile chart at the time when Paul Ryan’s budget is now calling Medicaid a “welfare” program in an obvious attempt to deligitimze it.  (One of my favorite classroom demonstrations is on the power of question wording when I have half the class answer a question about “people on welfare” and the other half answer about “poor people.”  Thanks to Republican efforts, the term “welfare” is most definitely stigmatized.).  Anyway, the chart:

So, just to be clear, while expanding tax cuts for the richest Americans, this budget plan cuts health care for the elderly and disabled.  Tell me again that Republicans aren’t greedy and callous.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

3 Responses to Chart of the day (Who gets Medicaid?)

  1. itchy says:

    Greedy *and* callous? Well, at least that’s a bigger tent.

  2. Me says:

    So your point is that spending cuts results in less spending? Brilliant analysis. I feel sorry for your students being taught absolutely nothing. Fyi, this chart is incorrect. Children under 18 account for over 60% of Medicaid enrollees.

    • Steve Greene says:

      Dear “me”, rather than delete your ludicrous comment, as tempted as I am to do so, I’ll simply question your intellect if you actually think that my point is spending cuts result in less spending. Read English much?

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