If you have to take care of your children or others?
Who takes care of your charges?
If you get sick looking for a job….You’re out of luck?
If you CAN’T work and get sick?
You just stay sick?
…..Republican Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah put it this way: “I wanted to be able to say, ‘If you want the taxpayers to fund your health care, then you need to go out and be involved in a work program, no ifs, ands or buts.’ I’ve been accused by the Obama administration: ‘Well, you’re trying to turn this health care program into a work program.’ And I’ve said, ‘You’re right.’”
But the administration and its allies counter that Medicaid expansion is part of the Affordable Care Act, not the welfare system. Adding job requirements, time limits or other conditions subverts the health law’s goal of providing affordable and accessible care to the people who need it. It’s wrong, they say, to subsidize health insurance for middle-class people in the Obamacare exchanges while picking and choosing who among the poor deserves Medicaid assistance.
The administration “has proven its willingness to work with governors of both parties” to connect Medicaid expansion recipients to state-run employment programs on a voluntary basis, Obama’s Medicaid Director Vikki Wachino said in a statement to POLITICO. But she added, “Because Medicaid is a health coverage program, requiring employment may not be a condition of eligibility.”
That hasn’t stopped Republicans on Capitol Hill from considering ways to open the door to work rules.Share on Facebook