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WASHINGTON -- States should be allowed to require working-age adults benefiting from Medicaid expansion to be employed, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman said Thursday.

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  • Nodmcm
    February 13, 2015 at 5:29 a.m.

    If we're going to just run up against federal law, why not bring back workhouses, like England had in the time of Charles Dickens, who wrote the novel Oliver Twist about such conditions? Since there really are not enough jobs for everyone who is unemployed or just "not working," we could put the poor, homeless people into prison-like settings, force them to work for medical care (and food), but like England, we would have to be prepared to build lots and lots of them, and be prepared to never let the inmates out. Arkansas legislators might study up on English history, particularly in the late 1800s, and see how truly conservative methods of dealing with the poor and "not working" folks worked out for the English. Interestingly, they don't have or use anything like that today. They just let everyone have health insurance, working or not, and have since 1947.

  • AprilFrost
    February 13, 2015 at 10:37 a.m.

    Nodmcm, well said. I have an even better idea for Mr. Westerman to pursue. How about he introduce legislation to drastically reduce politicians' compensation. Hmmmm? What's that you say Mr. Westerman? I can't hear you. That's what I thought. Your considerablely overpaid duff is now silent.
    Happy to suck off the system yourself. While the involuntarily unemployed, displaced and underemployed suffer under your tenure of "public service". Nice. Typical politician. I hope you choke on your next tax payer funded meal.
    I'm going to start voting for Democrats. At least I expect dumba$$ ideas from them. No disappointments or surprises there, ever.

  • Morebeer
    February 13, 2015 at 11:01 a.m.

    Well, if Westerman, looks at the stats, he'd find, for example, that even half of the homeless people in the U.S. are employed. Most Medicaid recipients who aren't children or in nursing homes are working or in school. Some are retired but under 65 and qualify. Methinks the congressman is grandstanding, because Cotton is getting all the wingnut devotion at the moment.

    February 13, 2015 at 12:23 p.m.

    Wingnut, That is a nice name for Dumbasses that love to Grandstand to appease their Religious, Suffering Induced, Tax cutting Base that wants the Poor to work where there are no jobs, in order to receive life sustaining benefits.

  • 3rdWorldState
    February 13, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.

    Shows zero understanding of the issues.