However, in recent months, a group of Republican governors who supposedly support a less-intrusive role for government routinely employed liberal rhetoric in making their case for expanding Medicaid, which provides health insurance to low-income Americans. …

Over the next decade, governments at all levels are projected to spend $7.4 trillion on Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, the program gobbles up nearly one out of four dollars of state budgets, more than any other single program. This means that other priorities, such as education and transportation funding, must routinely get sacrificed to subsidize Medicaid.

Republican governors supporting expanding Medicaid are trying to argue that it is the humane thing to do. But there is nothing humane about taking money from middle class taxpayers to finance a health-care entitlement for the poor that, according to the best available research, does not improve their health.