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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    But if the poorest among them are able to work....it really should not be a issue. We are not sure how many people would be exempt or not. Republicans have been throwing money at them for so long just to keep their vote...there could be more than you think.
    Well my chart shows most would be exempt

    And with a low unemployment rate - sure I guess some of them could work but again the question is how many?

    Have they done any studies to see if the cost outweighs the benefits?
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    Kentucky on Friday became the first U.S. state to receive approval from the federal government to implement work requirements in Medicaid, a fundamental change to the 50-year-old government health insurance program for the poor.
    The approval came one day after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued policy guidance allowing states to design and propose test programs that require work or jobs training as a condition of receiving Medicaid, which has never had such conditions attached.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ke...D=ansmsnnews11

    Time to pull the crutch on people who are able bodied but too lazy to work.
    Lazy? You seriously think people prefer to be poor?
    More of the extremist right b.s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Looks like Kentucky has an unemployment rate of only 5%. Slightly higher than the national average.
    That is good, that means there are jobs for them to work. Keep in mind tho, the poorest part of the State, the residents are not working in high paying jobs...they are working part time at dollar stores who do not offer benefits or part time at Walmart. Those jobs are counted as well.
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    BTW, IMO this is a vitally important debate. The Republicans are correct to focus national attention on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    Makes sense to me. working for something what a novel Idea,
    So how many unemployed are you going to put to work? If zero, then you are just talking out your
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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    That makes no sense.
    It does to a Trumper. Why fight it.

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    Exactly who makes the decision if one is able bodied or lazy?

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    Lazy? You seriously think people prefer to be poor?
    More of the extremist right b.s.
    There is a disincentive associated with social safety net programs. Appalachia has some of the worst, longest running poverty in the country.

    The 16 year old whose entire family has been unemployed since WWII has different challenges to overcome in his struggle to become a middle class worker than does the recent college graduate who cannot find work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayJenn View Post
    Well my chart shows most would be exempt

    And with a low unemployment rate - sure I guess some of them could work but again the question is how many?

    Have they done any studies to see if the cost outweighs the benefits?
    Why would the costs be any different than they are now? You apply for Medicaid and they ask you if you have a job? This is how it is done in all States as part of the eligibility process. If you don't have a job, they will request that you get one if possible. Since this is a pilot program and the first of its kind...we can study the effects then...if we do nothing, we really cannot say. It could be a success...you never know. If it fails at least they tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beatleboy View Post
    Exactly who makes the decision if one is able bodied or lazy?
    Are you asking what about mental health challenges, such as depression?

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