“When Medicaid was created, it wasn’t intended to become an entitlement for able-bodied adults,” said Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), introducing the proposal to include Medicaid work requirements in Republicans’ health care bill.
Did you catch that? According to Republicans, and far too many Democrats (some posting on BMG), if one is “able bodied” one ought to be thriving on ones own because poverty and/or the inability to pay for ones healthcare is a reflection on the individual, not the system.
Republicans tell the poor that it is immoral, in their minds, to offer financial aid to anyone who simply refuses to apply themselves and their “able body” into the work force. To them, getting a job is a simple. Just apply yourself. Never mind that when a Wal-Mart store in Washington D.C. planned their opening, they received more than 23,000 applications for 600 available positions, most of which pay less than $10 an hour.
Many Democrats are just as bad, telling these same individuals that any “able bodied” individual can do as they did, worked hard at the first job, went to school, improved their skill set, and voila, they are proud and prosperous. It’s not the system, it’s the individual. These Democrats are excited to help the individual with free college and free job training, but refuse to address the faults within the system.
The American working class is one of the most highly educated groups in the world, and we work more hours than any other working class in the developed world, while we suffer with the most expensive and grossly ineffective health care in the developed world. We are the most able people on the planet, but our equality, empathy, and justice is dis-abled.