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    Work Requirements for Medicaid?

    Sounds good to me!

    WASHINGTON (AP) Work requirements for Medicaid could lead to major changes in the social safety net under President Donald Trump.
    It sounds like a simple question: Should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer provided health insurance?

    https://apnews.com/3b939d8522e74e4fa...k-for-Medicaid
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    Quote Originally Posted by FindersKeepers View Post
    Seems self-evident of course.

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    We need to reform our entire welfare system.
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    The answer is simple. Yes. If you are able to work a part-time job, you should be required to. Why should the government bear the full brunt of your support?

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    Reported on Maine's efforts before. Seems it's working.

    New Report Proves Maine's Welfare Reforms Are Working

    Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s recent welfare reforms have led to more employment, higher wages, and less dependency, according to a preliminary report published by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Office of Policy and Management.

    In October 2014, Maine began requiring about 16,000 able-bodied childless adults to work, train, or volunteer on at least a part-time basis in order to continue receiving food stamps. Adults who refused to comply with the new requirements would cycle off after three months of benefits.

    After implementing these reforms, Maine quickly moved thousands of able-bodied adults out of dependency and into self-sufficiency. By January 2015, the number of able-bodied adults on food stamps had dropped to 4,500 and has continued to decline.

    These changes drew ire from the Obama administration, especially from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. But federal officials missed the huge potential upside of getting more individuals back into the workforce....

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    This will mean a massive shift of people to SSI for "Permanent Emotional Disabilities." The deadbeats will not go to work and the government will not withdraw benefits to make them work. They will simply shuffle them to a different program with even better benefits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FindersKeepers View Post
    It appears to be unworkable; where are the jobs going to come from? Those who don't want to work will simply go to the ER for treatment; who is going to determine if they can work and to what level? Will the government have to create a new department to police/oversee the program thus increasing the tax burden on the public?

    While the concept may appear attractive, a lot more research has to be done to see if it is a viable program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FindersKeepers View Post
    Sounds good, so long as the State helps them actually get a job, those are not as common as they once were even for skilled workers.

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    Arbeit Macht Frei "Work will set you free"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casper View Post
    Sounds good, so long as the State helps them actually get a job, those are not as common as they once were even for skilled workers.
    What Maine did was simply put them to work doing community service, not always the most pleasant of jobs. For some just the thought of that got them off their duff and finding a real job. All the state needs to do is create the right incentives.

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