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

Pay Up or Die

Dec 1, 2008

On November 25, the federal government issued new rules allowing states to charge premiums and co-payments for poor people on Medicaid and to deny them medical care if they don’t pay. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that as a result 13 million people will face co-pays. The HIV Medicare and Medicaid Working Group pointed out, “It is well documented that even nominal levels of cost sharing result in people without medically necessary care.” The Administration understands this full well, since it says it expects the federal and state governments to save double what the Medicaid recipients pay in, since so many people will be denied medical care.

In a time of deepening crisis, when millions more people will become eligible for Medicaid as they’re thrust out of work and into poverty, the government is preparing to deny them medical care. A bureaucratic stroke of the pen will condemn part of the unemployed to death!