“Expanded Medicaid is a huge disincentive for people to work,” said Rep. Dan McGuire, R-Epsom, who voted to let the expansion sunset at the end of 2016.
“There wasn’t a lot of debate on it. Traditional Medicaid is designed to benefit people who are deserving of charity due to conditions beyond their control. Expanded Medicaid benefits people who are undeserving of charity. These are people who don’t have any reason for not working.”
I love how Mr McGuire seems to think that "having a job" eliminates all worries about health benefits. I think all of our Wallmart and McDonald's workers forced to accept 25 hour work weeks would have something to say about that assumption. It's as if the working poor don't even exist in his worldview. Anyone qualifying for Medicaid must necessarily be a lazy, unmotivated, entitled slug who would prefer to sponge off more successful, more "authentic" Americans. It doesn't even cross this guy's mind that there are plenty of struggling Americans working several jobs--50, 60, 70 hours a week-- but don't have health insurance, either because they are part time at all those jobs or the company doesn't even offer benefits, and they are unable to purchase individual insurance because it's far too expensive. Furthermore, this bill they passed only eliminates the Medicaid expansion, i.e. those who incomes fall within 138% of the poverty line. It has nothing to do with basic Medicaid itself. This expansion only applies to those people who are already working but earn too much to qualify for regular Medicaid. This has nothing to do with freeloaders choosing to stay at home and play X-Box stoned all day. The whole thing is just about as disgusting and cynical and deceptive as you can imagine.
The richest, most powerful country in human history. That's not hyperbole. And yet the provision of affordable health care for its citizenry remains an unsettled political powder keg. It remains a dark stain on our collective moral standing....