The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Medicaid Cuts Move Forward in Michigan

Jun 11, 2018

In Michigan, awful legislation is on its way to passing. After the national news media denounced racist content in proposed new Michigan Medicaid legislation, some changes were made. But the new Healthy Michigan Medicaid bill that just passed both houses in Lansing on June 6th remains horrible. “Work requirements” of 80 hours a month for poor people to continue to receive Medicaid will soon be signed into law by the governor.

The House Fiscal Agency estimates that this legislation will “save” Michigan 5 million to 20 million dollars a year. The House Fiscal Agency also estimates that the computer upgrades and administrative costs needed to implement this law’s red tape will be at least 30 million dollars.

So, this legislation is NOT about saving money. This legislation is NOT about the dignity of work. This legislation is part of a propaganda war—part of a divide and conquer strategy.

The goal of this legislation is to TRY and trick one half of the working class into thinking the other half of the working class are “moochers.”

There will be casualties from this legislation. Denial of healthcare coverage through bureaucratic hurdles causes death just as surely as the sun rises each morning.