Former President Obama resisted states who wanted to create laws the required people to work in order to receive welfare.
But he is not president anymore and President Donald Trump is starting to approve work requirements for welfare recipients.
Get To Work.
President Trump’s administration approved Arkansas’ request to have Medicaid recipients work if they are able to. The decision will affect thousands of people who currently receive Medicaid, The Washington Times reported.
But the administration postponed a decision on the state’s request to do an Obamacare-lite expansion.
Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Service signed the order this week in presence of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and members of his cabinet.
“I have often said that Arkansans understand the dignity of work,” Republican Gov. Hutchinson said. “The approval of this work requirement will go a long way to create opportunities for able-bodied working-age Arkansans to enter into training or employment and ultimately climb the economic ladder.”
Defying President Obama.
Arkansas did get approval for a trial program in which it could use federal funds to help pay for its Medicaid from President Obama’s administration, but it continued to fight efforts to allow a work requirement.
It is something those aligned with the former president continue to fight.
“This cruel proposal should be rejected outright,” the group, Protect Our Care, said.
But it wasn’t, because there is a new sheriff in town.
Welfare and Medicaid are worthwhile programs that help those who are disabled or who are dealing with a temporary financial struggle.
And the richest nation in the history of world should, and does, help those who need it.
But these programs are not designed to be a way of life, passed from generation to generation as people learn to live off of the taxpayers.
Democrats tend to want to expand these programs because, as the old adage says, you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
It is essentially purchasing votes for the Democrat Party.
Whereas Republicans want to help people get past their financial struggles and back into the workforce, not keep them as wards of the state.