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During his State of the Union address, President Biden called out Republican proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare in their quest to reduce federal spending. Republican lawmakers in the chamber protested loudly, knowing these programs are political third rails — too controversial to discuss — and they have been sparring over it ever since.

But the president and Democrats in Congress should not miss the opportunity to make Medicaid the third third rail. If they want to capitalize on the popularity of the program and protect families’ health care, Medicaid cuts must be off the table because it:

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