This is a government employee defending the decision to require people to prove citizenship to get Medicaid benefits:
“As far as we can see through reviews with the states, the
documentation requirement has had no impact,” said Dennis Smith,
director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations.
Right. Well, at least it didn’t cost anything, right? I mean, you just have to look at a birth certificate or something.
Forty-five states said the requirements increased administrative costs
because they had to train workers and set up computer systems to check
the validity of the records that beneficiaries presented…”It was a tremendous administrative burden on us, and it was certainly a burden on consumers,” Allison said.
Train workers? Set up computer systems? It’s clear that the government, in contrast to the private sector, actually looks for ways to waste money.