I understand legislators on the right are again banging the drum of “work to receive your state benefits”. I understand the misinformed support behind it, but it takes about a 1/2 second of reading and a 1/4 oz of compassion to see that it is an incorrect assumption leading to the undertaking.
Refusing the information and compassion for our fellow person is what I do not understand so I’m repeating a post I’ve made before.
Guess what, as a general rule people aren’t lazy and they do work or at least want to work. Let me state that once again, as a general rule people are NOT lazy. They do want meaningful, gainful employment to support themselves.
Put another way, the vast majority of our population are not looking for a handout, they are looking for a hand UP. They wish to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. It is our responsibility as a caring society to ensure an available pair of boots.
41% of Medicaid recipients already work full-time
18% work part-time and seek full-time employment
Over 14% are disabled
Almost 12% are the primary caregiver in the family and would be WORSE off if they got a job, after daycare, gas, extra food, etc. We need to fix this ASAP. This is the area we need to focus attention, not punishing those in this sliver who understandably chose not to work. Here is why we talk of living wages. This is why we talk of affordable childcare and education programs. All of this is why we talk of universal healthcare to remove this worry completely.
7% are full-time students
3% are retired
That leaves 5%.
Over 70% of that 5% are actively seeking employment.
That leaves a total of 1.5% who are able to work and simply aren’t. I’m good with that for the sake of the 98.5% we help. If you aren’t, you need to ask yourself why.