There’s a metric crap ton of “free” stuff in this country, courtesy of taxpayer monies. Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Affirmative Action, you get the idea. President Trump has been making changes to some of those (see SORRY SLACKERS! Donald Trump to Reinstate Work Requirements for Welfare). Encouraging people to work for things. How dare he. Now the tawny menace is bulldozing his way through Medicaid. Oh noes!
The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled guidance allowing states for the first time to impose work requirements in Medicaid, a major shift in the health insurance program for the poor.
The move opens the door for states to apply for waivers to allow them to require Medicaid enrollees to work in order to receive coverage, something that has never before happened in the 50-year history of the program.
Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), says the move will help people get out of poverty.
All this sounds familiar. Arizona recently took a similar approach to work requirements and Medicaid (see Arizona Tries to Fix Medicaid. Leftists Lose Their Minds!). Clearly, these are changes the states want. No workies, no freebies.
Seema Verma has a point: when people are no longer rewarded for failing, they’re incentivized to claw their way out of poverty. This is maybe a historic change to Medicaid, but helping people get out of poverty sounds like something the left would be on board with. Yes?
Democrats are sharply opposed to the changes, saying people will lose coverage if they can’t meet the requirements or simply because new bureaucratic hurdles will discourage them from applying.
Democratic groups are expected to sue over the changes, arguing that the administration does not have the power to make them without action from Congress. Approving waivers from states must be done to further the “objectives” of the Medicaid program, which Democrats argue is not accomplished by a policy that could cause people to lose insurance.
Encouraging people to work to provide for themselves has proven to be a good thing. Yet the panicked left runs from such solutions like they’re Nancy Pelosi in a tube top.
Money just doesn’t grow on furry feminist thighs. It’s in limited supply. Someone has to work to supply these resources, to replenish the collective pot, to keep the hospital lights on. Usually, it’s some other taxpaying schmuck.
If Medicaid recipients want to keep suckling at the government teat, they need to contribute in some form. Sorry piggums.