There has been a lot of talk about the ObamaCare coverage gap. Among the many quirks in ObamaCare, people earning below the poverty level are not eligible for subsidies to buy health insurance on the ObamaCare exchange.
While Medicaid already gives free government health insurance to the disabled, the elderly and poor children, ObamaCare allows states to expand Medicaid to able bodied, childless adults whether they work or not. In other words, ObamaCare fills the coverage gap with a new welfare entitlement, Medicaid for able bodied adults .
But as the Foundation for Government Accountability points out, there is another way single, childless able bodied adults to get out of the coverage gap. Work. Working 31 hours a week for the minimum wage will get someone out of poverty and eligible for subsidies to buy health insurance on the ObamaCare exchange. (Ingram 2015)
So here’s the question.
Should we expand Medicaid, drain state finances and create another reason to quit working to sign up for another benefit?
Or should we create jobs and an incentive to work?