In the high-stakes debate in Washington over taxes and spending, both Democrats and Republicans have at times stretched the truth to make their point. Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, sets the record straight.
A well-used but misleading Medicaid statistic: Several members of Congress, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), have said that Medicaid currently consumes about 22 percent of state budgets and that that number is projected to grow significantly. That would mean that Medicaid supposedly dwarfs what is being spent on educating children and teenagers. But this number includes the federal contribution. Without the federal dollars included, Medicaid falls to second place, far behind education. It turns out that on average, states spend 15.4 percent of their funds on Medicaid, not 22 percent. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Buy Photo