Arkansas MAGAt Republican Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Credit: Al Drago / Getty

The easiest and laziest way for a state government to deny its citizens a benefit to which they’re entitled is to wrap it in so much paperwork, make people jump through so many hoops to qualify, that they give up in confusion or exhaustion.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, one of the nation’s cruelest — he’s shipped refugees out of state based on lies, put a $10,000 bounty on the heads of pregnant women, and is alleged to have ordered his own police to throw children and nursing babies into the Rio Grande River where razor wire awaits them — is all-in on this with regard to Medicaid.

As the Texas Tribune reported this week:

“Half a million Texans have lost their Medicaid coverage since April, mostly for procedural reasons like not responding to messages from the state.”

This is a big deal: 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack health insurance, including those who can’t access Medicaid.

The state could have easily […]

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