Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.
The Trump administration vowed to continue its efforts to force Americans to comply with stringent work requirements in exchange for basic health care, despite a ruling against the practice in federal court.
At the end of June, a federal judge struck down a plan put in place by Kentucky Republicans that mandated work requirements for Medicaid recipients. The net effect of the plan would be less people covered by Medicaid, echoing the Trump administration’s goals in attacking Obamacare.
Judge James E. Boasberg of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia slammed the Trump administration in his decision, noting their approval of Kentucky’s plan was “arbitrary and capricious.”
Jane Perkins, the legal director for the National Health Law Program, explained to the New York Times, “The purpose of the Medicaid Act is to furnish medical assistance, and this approval could not stand because it was doing just the opposite — restricting coverage.”
But speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Health and Human Services secretary Alex Azar said the ruling would not stop the Trump administration’s drive to rip health care away from poor people.…