Republicans’ ‘Charlie Brown’ budget problem

Remember the great Peanuts comic strip where every time Charlie Brown went to kick the football it was yanked away? Think of congressional Republicans as Charlie Brown and Medicaid as the football.

For 40 years, the GOP has tried to slash Medicaid, the federal-state health care program targeted at the poor. They'll get some temporary wins, only to have that football yanked back. Over the past 40 years, Medicaid has grown more than Medicare.

They're at it again.<...