Jul 23, 2018
Medicaid was NOT broke, so why did Lansing pass a new law to “fix it?” Why did the Michigan Chamber of Commerce fight so hard for “work requirements” to be added to Medicaid in Michigan?
Republican Mike Shirkey, who sponsored the law, said he wanted to help companies fill job openings. “Every business owner I know is seeking and searching for workers.”
From a working class point of view, business owners can just raise wages—THAT attracts workers!
Big business—in Michigan and nationally—has a different plan. Legislation is being pushed, state by state, to tie Medicaid health insurance to employment. That way, underpaid workers will feel less able to quit. When abused at work, the lowest paid workers would feel squeezed to stay, for fear of losing Medicaid health insurance.
This legislation was about helping big business pressure workers!