Just how efficient is the Medicaid program in Ohio? The Kasich administration put emphasis on this set of numbers last week. It noted that Medicaid totals $19.7 billion a year (in federal and state dollars). Yet it employs just 720 people.
Now the comparison hardly is perfect. A big hedge fund can handle big sums of money with relatively few people. Yet the numbers do suggest something other than the bulging bureaucracy that some critics like to suggest.
Medicaid is the single largest state program, measured in funding. At the same time, it makes up less than 1 percent of the state work force.