6th District Candidate Survey. Question 2 "Do you support work requirements for social programs like Medicaid?"
March 19, 2018
Muncie Resists just put out an excellent 15 question survey that was answered by all the primary candidates for the 6th District Democratic nomination. I am putting it on my blog for voters to view and compare the answers of the candidates in alphabetical order.
Question 2: The Trump Administration has announced that it will provide Medicaid waivers to states hoping to institute some kind of work or community engagement requirement for recipients. Indiana was the second state to be awarded such a waiver. Do you support work requirements for social programs like Medicaid?
George T. Holland: Only if the recipient is 18 or over, physically and mentally able to do the work, (Doctor's Certificate) and obviously the work must not be injurious to their health. Some individuals might want to be able to progress to other work and hopefully be able to leave the welfare system.
Jeannine Lee Lake: No. Those who are on Medicaid are unable to work. While some may scam the system, those who legitimately need it outweigh those who don't. We should not punish the majority for the abuse of the minority.
Kenneth (Jasen) Lave: No. I was receiving SNAP benefits a few years ago when Indiana made a law requiring anyone who is 'able bodied without dependents' (ABWD) participate in work requirements. But they (Governor Pence) made the requirements impossible to adhere to. So I was kicked off! (It's this kind of mistreatment that has driven me to run for office.)
Lane A. Siekman: No. A great majority of the people on the program are children, disabled, and the elderly in skilled care facilities. Those who can are already working. The requirement is a waste of resources and is just rhetorical in nature.
James Pruett: No.
Joshua Williamson: No. We shouldn't compound peoples hardships.