Many Trump supporters have expressed their frustration with the Republican’s handling on the healthcare situation. Healthcare affects senior citizens the most, and it also happens they’re Trump’s largest voting base as well.
The Governor of Kentucky has proposed a new form of medicaid. According to the Governor it will function as a rewards program. Buy stuff, get stuff. To many citizens that sounds just as bad as bankruptcy.
Truth Examiner reported:
This new and improved plan will not only charge low-income recipients for services that are currently being covered, like dental and vision, but to have those benefits covered again, the recipient has to…pass the GED?
To gain “Rewards,” Bevin has behavioral incentives. Some people might remember their parents doing this growing up. Take out the trash, you get a quarter towards your allowance. Clean a bathroom, you get five whole dollars! With Bevin’s plan, if the recipient passes the GRE, they get $50. If they go to weight management courses, they get another $50. If the recipient registers with a Career Center? Well, they get a cool eraser and $150 (eraser not guaranteed).
But that’s not all Bevin wants to change. He’s raising the Medicaid deductible to $1000 before the program covers any health costs. For someone on Medicaid, this could be a death sentence. And it’s tied to how much the recipient works or volunteers, giving the image of “people picking up garbage by the highway in order to get a dental exam,” as Andy Slavitt, a former administrator of CMS, said.
Slavitt also went on to say:
“This requires building a massive database about people’s individual behaviors, and then keeping it up. Never mind that it’s massively expensive, it also feels very invasive I’m not sure the government should be tracking if I put on five pounds, or if I’m advancing in my job, or what grade I got on my GED exam.”
The Republican party needs to be careful how far they push their increasingly expensive policies. At this rate it’s only a matter of time until people with sense regain control.