The first time Bill Clinton ran for president, his campaign chair was determined to keep the famously verbose candidate focused on one topic. So he coined a phrase: “It’s the economy, stupid!”
That phrase comes to mind when I think about our country’s Medicaid programs. Medicaid is a federal/state partnership to provide healthcare coverage to low-income Americans. Most people think of Medicaid as a healthcare program. Which it is, of course, in many ways. It pays for healthcare, after all. But if we think of Medicaid as being only a healthcare program, we overlook its much bigger impact on people’s lives.
Medicaid is an antipoverty program.
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