By Donna Westfall – January 12, 2018 – On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
What’s the difference between Medicare and Medicaid?
Medicare is a federal program that provides health coverage if you are 65 or older or have a severe disability, no matter your income.
Medicaid, or in California Medi-Cal, is a state and federal program that provides health coverage if you have a very low income.
For today’s purposes, we’ll concentrate on Medi-Cal as it pertains to able bodied individuals. But first, let’s look at the historical data: 1966 there were 4 million people on Medicaid in the United States. Today there are 70 million on Medicaid, and that equates to 1 out of 5. Understandably, there are people who work that do not have health insurance and have applied for and been given Medicaid. People are currently not legally required to hold a job while on Medicaid, and according to a study from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, 60% work full or part time. In California, under former President Obama’s administration the numbers ballooned and 1 out of 3 are now on Medi-Cal.
But, for the 40% of those that do not work, why not?
Why should generation after generation continue with that mind set?
Lastly, although we hear about millions of illegals (undocumented workers and undocumented immigrants = illegals), when you ask the local Health and Human Services Department to provide information about how many are receiving benefits, they will not.
Medicaid/Medi-Cal is paid for with Federal and State tax dollars.
How long do you think California can keep afloat providing these health services to low income people?
Does it bother you to have illegals provided with health benefits?
Do you think able bodied men and women receiving Medi-Cal should be required to work even if it’s doing community service?