Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States
Goal: Do not allow states to force work requirements, premiums, and co-pays on low-income adults who need health care.
The Trump administration publicly stated that it is open to allowing states to force low-income adults to meet arbitrary work requirements and pay premiums and co-pays — even for ER visits — that they cannot afford in order to receive necessary health care. Projections show that this would result in 14 million fewer people able to receive health insurance through Medicaid.
Supporters of the bill argue that low-income Americans will benefit because it will “empower them with skills and employment.” However, Judy Solomon of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says that “From welfare reform we have plenty of good evidence that work requirements don’t often lead to long-term employment.” Many low-income Americans already encounter obstacles such as being unable to afford transportation or child care, and even other health issues that prevent them from working that would then go untreated if they lose their health insurance under this new bill. Sign below to demand that President Trump act in the best interest of the people he represents and stop the allowance of these harmful Medicaid requirements.
Dear President Trump,
As the president it is your responsibility to act in the best interest of the American people, and this includes low-income Americans who have a right to health care regardless of their salary. Allowing work requirements, co-pays, and premiums to be enacted in order for people to obtain or maintain their health insurance is unreasonable, and a violation of American rights.
Many low-income Americans cannot afford to pay co-pays or premiums, and already work long hours or encounter barriers to working such as the price of transportation or child care. Many even have medical obstacles that prevent them from working. 14 million people would lose their health care in the next decade if they are forced to meet these standards in order to receive Medicaid. Health care is a right, not a privilege, and to strip this right from the American people is unacceptable. I urge you not to allow work requirements to be imposed on Medicaid recipients.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Silas Camargo