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Michael R. Strain

A Work Requirement for Medicaid Isn't 'Cruel'

Obamacare greatly expanded the number of beneficiaries, many of whom could be expected to work.
There are many ways to define work.

There are many ways to define work.

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

“The Trump administration’s action today is cruel,” said Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey. The new policy is “the latest salvo of the Trump administration’s war on health care,” according to a health-care advocacy group. “The pain is the point” of the policy, wrote columnist and economist Paul Krugman.

They were attacking the Trump administration’s decision last week to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. But far from being a “cruel” action designed to inflict “pain” on the vulnerable, the administration’s decision is completely reasonable.