Trump Administration Launches ‘Savage’ New Attack on Medicaid
As Common Dreams has reported, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party have been eyeing cuts to the already diminished safety net for months, and progressives have repeatedly warned that the deficit-exploding GOP tax plan—signed into law just after Christmas—would serve as a vehicle for draconian changes to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Even before the Trump administration's guidance was issued on Thursday, ten states—including Maine, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, and Kentucky—had already requested a federal "waiver" to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, and more are likely to follow suit in the coming weeks. "To qualify for a waiver, a state must provide a convincing justification that its experiment would 'further the objectives' of Medicaid," notes the Washington Post's Amy Goldstein. Health policy experts were quick to argue that Trump's new policy will do precisely the opposite. "Work requirements don't help the unemployed or underemployed find work," Bolt notes, "it punishes them when they're down—which is exactly what the Trump administration wants to do."
Who could lose their health coverage as a result of this new guidance? People who:— Chad Bolt (@chadderr) January 11, 2018
-can't find work
-live in areas of persistent unemployment
-got laid off during a recession
-have seasonal jobs
-don't get as many hours from their employer as they want 7/
BREAKING: Trump administration is allowing states to terminate automatic, guaranteed Medicaid coverage for people with disabilities, the medically frail, and people who can't find jobs. This is truly savage. https://t.co/5bVPUZCACM— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) January 11, 2018
Echoing Bruenig in a tweet on Wednesday, Roosevelt Institute fellow Michael Linden concluded, "There is perhaps no better example of the moral rot at the core of the Republican Party than imposing so-called 'work requirements' on sick Medicaid recipients just weeks after passing a massive tax cut for rich heirs who literally did no work at all to inherit their wealth."
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