During the pandemic, the number of Americans enrolled in Medicaid skyrocketed from 75 million to 90 million. The issue? Not everyone currently enrolled in Medicaid is eligible.

And the federal government is trying to prevent states from removing ineligible Americans from their rolls.

This costs the taxpayer serious money, explains Hayden DuBlois, deputy research director at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

“The reality is very, very disastrous for state and federal taxpayers alike, for the truly needy who are kept waiting, for other budget priorities, which are now getting more and more crowded out by Medicaid as it’s just consuming so much of state budgets,” DuBlois says. “So it’s really snowballed into this crisis that is quickly falling out of control.”

DuBlois joins “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss how the federal government is handcuffing states to Medicaid, and what conservatives should do to respond.

We also cover these stories:

  • The Supreme Court agrees to hear a case challenging affirmative action in higher education.
  • California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents San Francisco, introduces a bill to allow children 12 and up to get a COVID-19 vaccine without parental consent.
  • Seven Virginia school districts sue newly elected Gov. Glenn Youngkin over his executive order giving parents the right to decide whether their child wears a mask at school.



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