Correction: This article originally reported that, by 2014, food stamps would be reduced to $59 for a family of four. In fact, they will be reduced by $59, not to $59. The relevant sentence has been changed. CJR regrets the error.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.