Op-Ed: Debt ceiling fight: Republican Medicaid plan shows how to make work requirements work right
This article originally appeared in Fox News on May 15, 2023
The House GOP’s Limit, Save, Grow Act to raise the debt ceiling contains within it a vitally important reform — work requirements for able-bodied adults to qualify for Medicaid.
While the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Medicaid work requirements in the bill will save $109 billion over the next 10 years, the money savings are not why the reform is so important. In fact, work requirements for welfare programs are vital for the health and wellbeing of those receiving benefits.
The House GOP Medicaid work requirements build on the highly successful reforms to unemployment insurance and other welfare programs Republicans enacted in 1996.
These reforms passed in a bipartisan fashion (Republicans split the Democrats in the House, and it was signed into law by a Democratic president) because we made the case that fixing these programs were a moral imperative more than a fiscal one.
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