Washington, DC — Today, the Department of Justice and the state of Arkansas petitioned the Supreme Court to reinstate burdensome Medicaid work requirements that were previously ruled by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals to be “arbitrary and capricious” while failing to advance the purposes of Medicaid. In response, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement: 

“This move by the Trump administration is outrageous even for an administration that has completely botched the response to the coronavirus and waged a relentless war on Medicaid. These burdensome paperwork requirements are meant to boot people off the rolls, which is particularly heartless during the dual public health and economic crises facing Americans today. Rather than find ways to rip health care away from Americans during a pandemic, the Trump administration should be making health care more affordable and leading the effort to fight the virus. But given the war President Trump and his allies have waged on American health care, we won’t hold our breath waiting for them to do either one.”