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Poll Suggests Medicaid Work Requirement Part of "War on Health Care"

The Trump administration says it will likely approve work-requirement waivers requested by states. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
The Trump administration says it will likely approve work-requirement waivers requested by states. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)
January 16, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is among states looking to require people who get Medicaid to work, if they can - but a new national poll suggests voters could see that as part of a very unpopular pattern.

Ohio lawmakers approved a Medicaid work requirement in the state budget, and the Trump administration last week said it's likely to approve waivers requested by states. But a new national poll finds three-quarters of voters agree - and half agree strongly - that Republicans are waging a "war on health care."

Geoff Garin is the president of Hart Research, which ran the January poll of 1,000 2016 voters for the health-care advocacy group, Protect Our Care. He says voters see a pattern starting with attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and notice moves to cut Medicare and Medicaid.

"The Republicans have made it very believable that there is such a thing as a Republican war on health care today," he says. "And every day they continue their assaults on health care and do new things, this will be given more credence."

House Speaker Paul Ryan has called steps like this "welfare reform," necessary to reduce the deficit. His critics point out this is coming just after a $1.5 trillion tax cut that mostly benefits the wealthy and big corporations.

Garin says nationally, voters already have a strong sense that GOP health-care policies are deeply unfair.

"Targeting both Medicare and Medicaid for cuts in order to offset the cost of their tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, Republicans have put a very big target on their backs," he explains.

The Center for American Progress estimates work requirements would block benefits for more than six million nationally.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH