Trump Endorses Conservative Proposal To Make Work A Medicaid Requirement.

March 20, 2017

 

The Bible agrees with the need for able bodied people to work: 2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

 

The New York Times  (3/17, Kaplan, Pear, Subscription Publication) reported President Trump met with members of the conservative Republican Study Committee on Friday and announced he is in agreement with “conservative lawmakers in the House...to allow states to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients and to accept federal Medicaid funds as one annual lump-sum block grant, two major concessions to balking hard-liners as they try to rally support for legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.” The Times describes the newest “concessions” as both “significant, at least symbolically, and...politically risky,” as does the Washington Post  (3/17, Goldstein, Eilperin), which considers the GOP’s efforts to be a “profound change” that has “long been popular on the far-right as a way to promote personal responsibility but opposed by Democrats who fear it would deprive health care to many people who need it the most.” In a separate article, the Washington Post  (3/17, Ehrenfreund) said the “radical” proposal would “fundamentally change how the government provides health care to poor Americans.”

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