Long-time readers of this blog will recall that I discussed Medicaid Work Requirements being proposed by the current neo-fascist regime in Washington.
This discussion was found in the following posts: Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement Failing Out of the Gate, Nation’s First Medicaid Work Requirement Sheds Thousands From Rolls In Arkansas, Arkansas drops 3,815 more Medicaid enrollees over work requirement – Modern Healthcare, Michigan threatens to repeal Medicaid expansion if work requirements not approved | Healthcare Dive, and Medicaid Work Requirements Worsen Health,
Now comes a few new posts from several sources, that expands on the subject, especially regarding the way the courts are responding to the administration’s desire to impose draconian work requirements on what is essentially a health care program, and not a make-work program.
Note: I am awaiting enrollment into Medicaid.
The following articles all involve the Arkansas Medicaid Work Requirement case, and one judge in federal court has already decided that Congress clearly intended Medicaid to be a health program, and not a work program.
Here are the links to the articles:
Don McCanne commented after posting the CBPP and Arkansas Times articles as follows:
“What kind of policy is it that when low-income individuals are unable to find jobs, the state punishes them by taking away their health care? The judge hearing the Medicaid work requirement case in Arkansas agrees, “that’s not the purpose of Medicaid”
Shouldn’t we instead have a public policy that says that anyone who needs health care should be able to receive it? That is not the case now, even though we are already spending enough to guarantee health care for everyone. We could do that merely by enacting and implementing a single payer Medicare for All program, and it doesn’t have to cost us any more than we are already spending.
It would be great if our government also supported more effective policies to ensure that every capable person has employment opportunities, but depriving people of their health care is not an effective work program, as Arkansas has demonstrated.