Gov. LePage Pushes Medicaid Work Requirement, Warns of Dependence on Gov't
The Trump administration has cleared the way for states to impose work requirements for people on Medicaid.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday announced a new policy designed to incentivize work and community engagement among non-elderly, non-pregnant adult beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicaid on a basis other than disability.
On "Your World" on Thursday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) applauded the decision and explained why Maine is one of 11 states seeking work requirements for Medicaid recipients.
"It takes away isolation, it creates new relationships, it improves the quality of life, it helps the labor force and most of all it transitions them [on] a path to go towards commercial insurance and other forms of employer-sponsored insurance," LePage said. "It is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful."
— Paul R. LePage (@Governor_LePage) January 11, 2018
He said he believes in a "strong safety net" for children, the elderly and the disabled, but those who are able to work should have to do so in order to receive government subsidies through Medicaid.
"It used to be, when I was growing up, you worked hard, keep your nose clean and you'd be a success and everybody would look up to you," LePage said. "The new society we live in, they want you to be dependent on government. And if you're dependent enough on government, you will vote for those who support you."
He added that he believes broad welfare reform can succeed on a national level.
"It's just a matter of transitioning from one culture to another, to a culture that's not too far in the past, and it really worked very well," LePage said. "It made us who we are today. So it's not reinventing the wheel. It's just going back to the basics."
Watch the debate above.