Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette: Proposed Medicaid Work Requirements Reinforce Bias Against Those in Need, Will Keep Many from Getting Health Care

Jan 11, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, said the Trump Administration’s guidance today encouraging state officials to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients would keep Americans in need from getting vital health care services while perpetuating a politically biased and cruel narrative of the so-called “undeserving poor.” 

“This is the latest in a long line of attempts by the GOP to stigmatize people on Medicaid and try to advance the argument that many who depend on the program don’t need it,” DeGette said. “Time and again, studies have shown that those who are receiving Medicaid benefits and are able to work are doing so. But the Trump Administration is ignoring that reality and reinforcing the politically biased line – starting with a program in states that, conveniently enough, all have Republican-led governments. 

“The most vulnerable people in our country, including children and the elderly, rely on Medicaid to keep them healthy and to treat them when they are ill. And for many years, there has been bipartisan agreement on the need to protect Medicaid. Democrats in Congress will now be at loggerheads with our Republican counterparts needlessly over a program that saves millions of American lives.”