To Save Medicaid, Put People To Work

President Trump has a message for millions of able-bodied Medicaid recipients: Get a job.Since January, the administration has allowed states to require Medicaid beneficiaries who are not disabled to engage in 80 hours per month of work, volunteering, job training, or school in return for taxpayer-funded health coverage. The purpose of this reform is twofold — to conserve taxpayer dollars, and to break the culture of dependency that saps our communities of dynamism and prosperity.Critics say the work requirements are a heartless attempt to deny health care to Americans incapable of supporting themselves. A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisors should put such assertions to rest. According to that report, over 60 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries are able-bodied, working-age adults. Of that group, half don’t work.Medicaid was intended as a safety net for truly vulnerable Americans — not a giveaway to healthy adults who don’t feel like getting a job. Requiring able-bodied citizens to work in return for health benefits, especially those paid for by their fellow citizens, is just common sense.

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