Scott Walker’s American Nightmare

He’s keenly discerned that the way to help people succeed is to unfetter them from the access to health care that has been stifling their chances for economic success:

“Beyond that, I just ask the basic question: Why is more people on Medicaid a good thing?”he said. “I’d rather find a way, particularly for able-bodied adults without children, I’d like to find a way to get them into the workforce. I think ideologically, that’s a better approach, not just as a conservative, but as an American. Have more people live the American dream if they’re not dependent on the American government.”

Wait, now we’re supposed to believe that Medicaid is so cushy that it drives people out of the labor market? Seriously? Is that even a thing?

In reality, however, the majority of people who stand to benefit from the Medicaid expansion are already in the workforce. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, which has been closely tracking the policy effect of states’ decisions on this Obamacare provision, most of the people in this coverage gap are part of a demographic group known as the “working poor.” Two thirds of them are part of a family where someone is working, and more than half of them are working themselves — often in sectors like the agricultural and service industries, which have a history of failing to provide insurance benefits to their workers.

Last fall, the New York Times analyzed the data about the coverage gap and confirmed that the Americans being denied Medicaid are cashiers, cooks, nurses’ aides, waiters and waitresses, and janitors. Most of them are people of color, and many are single mothers. They don’t fit the conservative trope of the lazy individual who is overly dependent on the government programs — and, as the New York Times reported at the time, they are actually “the very kinds of people that the [Medicaid] program was intended to help.”

So no, it’s not a thing. Scott Walker’s just a sociopath, which I guess we already knew. That’s why his idea of the “American Dream” sounds so much like a nightmare.

"You know, we could really help people out if we got rid of the public water system. I mean, let people be free to pursue the American Dream by either paying a private corporation for clean water or by, you know, dying or whatever."
“You know, we could really help people out if we got rid of public water treatment systems. I mean, let’s allow people be free to pursue the American Dream by either paying a private corporation for clean water or by, you know, dying or whatever.”

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