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Paul Ryan's Medicaid block grants: good for Maryland
Paul Ryan's Medicaid block grants: good for Maryland

Shortly after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin unveiled his plan to convert federal Medicaid funding to a block grant — which has since passed the House — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and 16 other governors issued a letter to congressional leaders to say they "strongly oppose" it. Mr. Ryan, like most of his Republican comrades, hasn't always been on the side of fiscal responsibility. He voted for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, various bailouts, and that unfunded Republican entitlement program, Medicare Part D. On Medicaid reform, however, Mr. Ryan has the better side of the argument. Mr. O'Malley and the other governors...

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