Health care reform is working for the working poor

  • Article by: EDWARD WYCKOFF WILLIAMS , The Root
  • Updated: November 16, 2013 - 4:19 PM

Hundreds of thousands are benefiting from the expansion of Medicaid. This is significant progress, and it’s an untold story.

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pumiceNov. 16, 13 3:05 PM

Article I, Section 8 authorizes Congress to provide for the common good. Almost 400,000 Americans categorized as "working poor" qualified for Medicaid during October. A very good start to providing for the common good, Congress!

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arspartzNov. 16, 13 4:33 PM

This is not the COMMON good. This is an INDIVIDUAL good. The founders never intended the level of redistribution we have today.

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gandalf48Nov. 16, 13 5:01 PM

Yep, it's just the middle class that gets screwed...don't we already have enough programs for the poor (you know the 47% that don't pay any federal income tax)?

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Truckman182Nov. 16, 13 5:23 PM

400,000 more people on the dole. How can we afford this? Oh that's right we can't we're broke....

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jpcooperNov. 16, 13 5:45 PM

Pumice if its soooo good why not Feee Medicaid for everyone!

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dibblegonNov. 16, 13 6:35 PM

categorized as "working poor" --- please define working poor. Could this not have been done by simply allowing what you define as "working poor" to have access to Medicaid without all the other chaos accompanying Obamacare?

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pumiceNov. 16, 13 7:08 PM

Re: "[P]lease define working poor." Gladly, dibblegon. "Working poor" is anyone who's working full-time but doesn't earn enough to provide the basic needs of life for him/herself and his/her family.

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goferfanzNov. 16, 13 7:24 PM

Applaud? Another unfunded program from the Administration that has added $6.5 Trillion to the federal debt since arriving in power on 1/20/2009......Again, if there were a magic money tree, liberal policy would work, and work well! Hint: no money tree ;o) If the ACA would have been presented in 2010 as a massive expansion of Medicaid, then fine. Yet, voters in 2012 were both-- mislead and lied to-- as this debacle unfolds. I am with coop--->just give medicaid to all citizens under 65. Why cant America do that? China can loan us the money,right?

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barefootpaulNov. 16, 13 8:29 PM

"Another unfunded program from the Administration that has added $6.5 Trillion to the federal debt" - The program IS funded. Much of that debt addition was already there. When Obama put war funding and tax cut expense on the books, besides showing us how costly those programs were, it gave the right wing echo chamber something to screech about and they still are, despite all the deficit reduction.

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armybratNov. 16, 1310:09 PM

"Article I, Section 8 authorizes Congress to provide for the common good" - No where does the constitution authorize redistribution of income or giving entitlements to buy votes. Good job at distorting the words!

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