I genuinely have no idea what the Corbett people are trying to get at with this job search thing. It doesn’t make any sense:
Corbett wants to add some strings and at least one penalty — in the form of healthy lifestyles, work requirements and job searches — for some current and newly eligible Medicaid recipients to keep their coverage or pay reduced premiums.
The federal government historically has forbidden such requirements to qualify for Medicaid. But the administration is hopeful the federal government will approve Corbett’s plan, given the positive response it has gotten from many residents, Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth said.
“We are seeing a lot of people are supporting it, including the work piece,” she said. “We were not sure how that would be received.”
The federal government already requires job requirements for other entitlement programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, said Todd Shamash, Corbett’s deputy chief of staff. Why not Medicaid, too? he asked.
Why not Medicaid too!
Because most of the people on Medicaid..have jobs. The jobs just don’t pay enough money to make them ineligible for public insurance coverage. I think it sucks there are jobs with crap pay like that and it’s why I support hiking the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour.
But if we don’t do that, a lot of crappily paid jobs will continue to exist. Someone will have to do them. And they’ll qualify for Medicaid.
Relatedly, other people will continue to be unemployed, as Congressional Republicans and inflation hawks on the Federal Reserve have rejected full employment as a policy goal. Some people will have to be unemployed then. And they’ll qualify for Medicaid. That’s just how it is.
Making poor people jump over 12 different job search hurdles just to get health insurance won’t do anything to change that. The jobs aren’t there.
(Via Steve Esack)