As the Trump administration allows states to enforce work requirements on recipients of Medicaid (see Yes! Trump Admin to Improve Medicaid With These Historic Changes…), some governors are now considering the notion. Among such peoples is Kentucky’s governor, who considers work requirements a nice alternative to hammering the taxpayer’s beloved piggy bank, Oinker. Spilling piggy penny guts in the number of billions.
Instead, Kentucky is discussing some substitutes to giving everyone and their pot-smoking cousin Medicaid:
An executive order issued by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) would end the state’s Medicaid expansion if any part of the state’s newly-approved Medicaid overhaul is struck down by a court.
The waiver, which was approved on Friday, will allow Kentucky to impose strict work requirements on some Medicaid beneficiaries, as well charge monthly premiums and lock beneficiaries out of coverage if they don’t pay.
Bevin has repeatedly said the Medicaid expansion is not fiscally sustainable, and the waiver is needed to bring down the costs of covering so many new individuals.
According to state officials, Kentucky’s waiver will save the state $2 billion over the course of the five-year project.
Before I hear the “But oh noes, disabled people are going to lose health coverage!” arguments, calm thyself. Such uncompassionate conceptions are untrue.
Kentucky’s waiver would also eliminate dental and vision coverage for the “able-bodied” population, but beneficiaries would be allowed to earn “reward” points for such services by volunteering, attending classes or other types of activities.
The groups say that many of the changes approved in Kentucky by the Trump administration — like requiring “able-bodied” adults to work or volunteer 20 hours a week — violate federal law.
You may have seen angry lefties in wheelchairs and walkers protesting the revocation of Medicaid (see Screaming Woman with Dwarfism, Wheeled Out Healthcare Hearing, Perfectly Symbolizes Liberalism). Such things don’t concern them. As long as they’re considered legally disabled, they still get their drugs. Fret not, invalids.
Imagine, for a moment, an America where able-bodied people earn their share, not demand it. Instead of sitting on mom’s couch playing Halo, they can earn actual halos by volunteering at the local soup kitchen. Instead of lambasting Trump in the streets as professional whiners, feminists can donate their warm vajayjay hats to the homeless. Happy thoughts.
“You can’t make us work!” they cry. But cold and hunger can. Thus the work requirements.
While we’re on the subject: