Two-thirds of Ryan budget cuts come from the needy

Bob Greeinstein brings the big* numbers. Jon Cohn says what I would say about it. Jonathan Z was way ahead of me, again.

Come to think of it, I say what I would say about Ryan’s Medicaid plan:

Person-for-person, Medicaid is probably the leanest program in the American healthcare system. Unfortunately, Medicaid recipients are probably the weakest constituency in the American political system. Hence they are vulnerable to things like Ryan’s proposed budget. I trust the American people will have the decency to reject these foolish efforts.

There’s more there about an infected toe, too.

*The original post inadvertently referred to “the bi numbers”. Different subject.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.