Supreme Court to hear Trump Medicaid work requirements case

President Donald Trump and his legal team are fighting multiple battles to prove allegations of widespread fraud during the 2020 election, but that hasn’t stopped the president from pursuing regular business, including working on a massive issue that could soon make its way to the High Court.

According to The Hill, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought forth by the Trump administration, in a push to create work requirements for those on a Medicaid program who are eligible to partake in gainful employment. 

Why Work Requirements?

The Trump administration and Republicans in favor of reinstating work requirements for some Medicaid recipients argue that doing so will push enough people on the program who probably don’t need the program into jobs where they can obtain health insurance without the government’s assistance.

Of course, doing so — especially across the country — would save untold amounts of money, which is especially important in several states that are already stretching budgets to the max, thanks in part to a temporary economic crisis cause by COVID-19.

After facing a number of setbacks by federal appeals courts that argued against the work requirements, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court in July to consider reinstating work requirements in the state of Arkansas after the Department of Justice slammed a federal appeals court for blocking the action.

The ruling from the federal appeals court that struck down the work requirements in Arkansas happened in February, with the court calling the approval of work requirements “arbitrary and capricious.”

At the time, the court claimed that the Trump administration didn’t take into account Medicaid’s sole purpose — to provide health coverage — and said that the administration also didn’t factor in the potential loss of health coverage in the state, which amounted to over 18,000 losing coverage at the time, according to The Hill.

A New Challenge

The Supreme Court agreeing to revisit the case marks a massive victory for the Trump administration, but given the current level of uncertainty concerning the results of the 2020 election, the possibility exists that it could all be for nothing.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has long promised that he would not only reverse a number of the Trump administration’s progress on revamping various healthcare welfare programs but vowed specifically to increase access to Medicaid.

Democrats argue that adding work requirements to Medicaid is a move designed to kick people out of the program who otherwise need access.

“The Biden administration can certainly change this policy, and we hope that will happen,” said Jane Perkins, legal director for the health care advocacy group National Health Law Program.

Only time will tell, but if Biden does manage to take the keys to the White House in January, America’s healthcare situation is going to look markedly different than what it looks like now — and probably not in a good way.

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