On Tuesday, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney unveiled President Trump’s latest budget proposal. While it includes cuts across a variety of discretionary programs, it also reforms one of the largest healthcare entitlements: Medicaid.
The budget, officially titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” would offer states the choice to cap Medicaid funding through a per-capita spending allotment or a block grant for the entire program. In addition, states will receive “more flexibility to control costs and design individual, State-based solutions to provide better care to Medicaid beneficiaries.”
A private tech company in Oakland is experimenting with providing a hundred families with $1500-2000 monthly. Katie felt the experiment has a libertarian feel to it because it may eliminate the vast bureaucracy that has built up around the welfare state but acknowledged that it only works if the welfare state is disbanded.
Read more and watch the video interview at The Blaze
On the season finale of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson faux-announced that he would run for president in 2020, with actor Tom Hanks as his running mate. This came after an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon—a few days before his hosting of SNL—where he talked about the possibility of running for president. The idea has been making the rounds recently because of a profile in GQ, in which he was asked by the writer if he would consider ever running –– to which he answered yes.
Katie Modesitt of the Independent Institute calls in from California to discuss her piece in the San Francisco Examiner on a Universal Basic Income experiment. Silicon Valley is trying out this much debated approach to poverty and Katie makes a compelling case for taking this experimentation seriously.
Liz Wolfe returns from Europe and she has thoughts to share on the release of Chelsea Manning as well as the “conceptual penis” hoax that has stirred the world of academia this week. Check out the podcast and subscribe on iTunes!