According to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), an amendment was added to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) replacement to the Affordable Care Act that would permit states using federal Mediciad funds to compel recipients to work off the aid they receive.
Writing on Twitter, the Minnestota Democrat said the amendment was inserted into Ryan’s American Health Care Act — also known alternately as Ryancare or Trumpcare — as a sweetener for conservatives who think his proposal doesn’t go far enough in rolling back health care benefits.
“An amendment designed to win conservative votes for Republican ACA repeal would allow states to make Medicaid recipients work off the aid,” Ellison wrote.
According to Vox, Ellison is correct, noting the change is part of a “manager’s amendment,” that includes provisions that would “allow states to impose work requirements on able-bodied childless adults getting Medicaid.”
Vox also notes that the legislation would provide Medicaid funds in block grants that do not increase with enrollments, stretching already scarce funds as more are added to the program.
See Vox for more details on how Rep. Ryan’s plan will impact the poor.
Ellison’s tweet can be seen below:
An amendment designed to win conservative votes for Republican ACA repeal would allow states to make Medicaid recipients work off the aid.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) March 21, 2017