Medicaid rolls are bursting at the seams.
Barack Obama’s failed social engineering policies; namely the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare is responsible for the massive surge in government dependency, i.e., Medicaid.
According to a report by the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), 34 million people were on the Medicaid rolls in 2000.
In 2018, the number of people on Medicaid, 28 million of whom are able-bodied adults will rise to 75 million.
Medicaid has become to the states what collective bargaining and pensions are to state and city budgets leaving no room for those truly in need or government resources for education, infrastructure, etc.
According to the report, Medicaid’s present “status quo is unsustainable and unacceptable.”
Washington Free Beacon by Ali Meyer
The report attributes skyrocketing Medicaid enrollment over the last two decades to states increasing eligibility for able-bodied adults and Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which added millions of able-bodied adults to the program.
Unlike other welfare programs that have work requirements to stay in the program, the report says that Medicaid enrollees are not held to the same standard.
“Medicaid was designed as a safety net for the truly vulnerable—the elderly and individuals with disabilities,” the foundation explains. “Because these groups were generally either not working age or had limited work capacity due to their disabilities, work requirements and time limits were never included in the Medicaid program. But over time, the program has grown to cover new groups, changing the fabric of the program and creating new challenges for policymakers and enrollees alike…”
Only 16% of Medicaid enrollees work full-time, 34% are part-time workers or have worked at some point during the year while 52% of Medicaid enrollees do not work at all. In some states, that number is even higher and of the 28 million adults on Medicaid, “up from fewer than 7 million in 2000,” the majority “have no physical disabilities” that would keep from pursuit of“gainful employment.” They are “freeloaders.”
See screenshot and excerpt below from the FGA Executive Summary and report:
Source: FGA (pg. 4) The Future Of Medicaid Reform: Empowering Individuals Through Work, 11/14/2017
|…In 2000, Medicaid spending totaled $206 billion. Next year, taxpayers are expected to spend $633 billion on the program—an increase of 207 percent. For able-bodied workers, federal spending has increased at an even faster pace. In 2000, $19 billion was spent on able-bodied Medicaid enrollees and has increased by more than 700 percent to a projected $158 billion for 2018…|
There is something definitely wrong with this picture.
Medicaid costs are through the roof!
If this were a business, the business would be bankrupt by now.
Source: FGA (pg. 7) The Future Of Medicaid Reform: Empowering Individuals Through Work, 11/14/2017
Medicaid must re-instate work requirements for the able-bodied.
There is no such thing as a free ride and able-bodied adults on the Medicaid rolls should work in order to qualify for Medicaid.
…To turn the tide and help individuals improve their lives, states should pursue commonsense work requirements for Medicaid. These requirements have been wildly successful in other major welfare programs at reducing dependency, increasing incomes, and freeing up resources for those in need.
Unlike other welfare programs, Medicaid does not currently require able-bodied adults to work, train, or volunteer as a condition of eligibility. But a new federal landscape and a presidential administration focused on moving people from welfare to work has created the opportunity for the most meaningful Medicaid reform in generations. Federal law provides that the purpose of Medicaid is “to help such families and individuals attain or retain capability for independence.” Numerous states are now moving forward with Medicaid work requirements to help move more able-bodied adults to independence….
Below is the FGA’s report which can also be accessed in pdf format here.
Cross-posted on Wow! Magazine.
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