PS: While we’re in correction mode, let us note that Medicaid is not really an entitlement. People don’t pay into the program, so they are not “entitled” to a benefit, as they are with Social Security and Medicare. Medicaid is a means-tested welfare program. The poor who get those benefits must pass strict asset and income tests in order to receive a dime, and those tests might get much harder before this year’s budget process is over. So a bit of friendly advice: When talking about entitlements, please take Medicaid out of the mix. That goes for the pols, too.

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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.