Protect Our Care tells Trump: Do your own job & leave hard working Americans’ care alone

WASHINGTON, DC – Following the Trump Administration’s attempt to impose onerous work requirements on Americans covered by Medicaid, Protect Our Care Campaign Director Brad Woodhouse released the following statement:

“Today’s attack on Medicaid is just the latest salvo of the Trump Administration’s 2018 war on health care. Having faced overwhelming public rejection of their failed attempts to repeal health care, Trump and his Congressional Republicans are now going for death by a thousand cuts.

“Republicans want to ignore the truth in order to push their partisan health care agenda, but the majority of adults covered by Medicaid who can work, do work – often two or three jobs in fields like the service industry that are less likely to offer insurance. This new attack on Medicaid has nothing to do with program integrity, and everything to do with the recently revealed step-by-step Trump Administration plot to wage war on our health care.

“President Trump, it’s time for you to do your job instead of forcing onerous extra requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries who are already doing theirs. It’s time for you and your Republican allies to end your attacks on our care.”

BACKGROUND

Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/18/17: “Most Medicaid adults work in industries with low offer rates for employer-sponsored insurance, such as agriculture and food service.”

Health Affairs, 3/6/17: “These policy ideas stem from a serious misunderstanding about Medicaid recipients and a flawed belief that employment effectively assures health insurance coverage. In reality, only a small share of the adults covered by Medicaid expansions are in good health but not working, in school, or looking for work. Moreover, the types of low-wage jobs available to Medicaid enrollees are unlikely to offer meaningful health insurance coverage.”

Kaiser Family Foundation, 8/18/17: “Nearly 8 in 10 [Medicaid recipients] live in working families, and a majority are working themselves… Research shows that Medicaid expansion has not negatively affected labor market participation, and some research indicates that Medicaid coverage supports work. A comprehensive review of research on the ACA Medicaid expansion found that there is no significant negative effect of the ACA Medicaid expansion on employment rates and other measures of employment and employee behavior.”

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2/28/17: “A work requirement in Medicaid would penalize those least able to get and hold a job — while keeping others from improving their health and participating in the workforce… Many adults on Medicaid are disabled or are caring for a family member. Many others have low-wage jobs that don’t offer health coverage. For those who can work, Medicaid can help them keep their job or search for work. Three-quarters of beneficiaries in Ohio who received care under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion and who were looking for work reported that Medicaid made it easier to do so. For those who were currently working, more than half said that Medicaid made it easier to keep their jobs.”

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 2/28/17: “A work requirement would likely reduce the number of people who could access care through Medicaid and there’s no evidence that it would increase employment among poor families. The experience of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is telling. The 1996 welfare reform law converted the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program into the TANF block grant and imposed a work requirement. While touted as a ‘work opportunity’ program, TANF has failed to increase long-term employment among its beneficiaries. Before the 1996 law took effect, 68 every 100 poor families with children received basic cash assistance to help make ends meet; today, just 23 do. Sanctions on parents who didn’t meet a work requirement have been a factor in that drop.”