Medicine: The Great Medicaid Scandal

For 25 million Americans, Medicaid is a godsend. The program provides medical services for the poor and their children, and nursing-home and extended hospital care for many indigent elderly—all financed by $12.6 billion in federal and state funds. Unfortunately, other less-deserving people have benefited handsomely from the Medicaid program. Spurred by newspaper stories, the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and investigators in at least half a dozen states have been spending the past several months looking into charges that the program has been egregiously abused. Now they are finding that their suspicions were...

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