Able-bodied Medicaid recipients in Michigan may soon have to choose between finding a job or losing their health insurance. The ultimatum comes in the form of a bill approved by Michigan Senators this past week. After their amendments were shot down, Democrats took the floor Thursday to blast the bill for what they said was punishing the poor. Democrat Curtis Hertel spoke on the Senate floor.
“I cannot support legislation that ties a basic human right, access to healthcare, to employment,” Hertel said.
The Senate-passed legislation would strip the public benefit from able-bodied adults unable to find an average of 29 hours of work per week by October 1 of 2019. The Michigan House will now consider the plan.