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Why Georgia’s Medicaid Expansion Isn’t Helping Expand Health Care

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Georgia, under Gov. Brian Kemp, has expanded Medicaid eligibility but added work requirements, a move criticized for hindering the program’s effectiveness.

Despite low enrollment, proponents argue for the necessity of work requirements, while critics stress the barriers they create.

Evidence shows that such requirements do not actually increase employment. (Trending: Donald Trump Breaks His Silence After Major Court Win)

“As so few able-bodied adults are willing to work, train or volunteer even part time to qualify for the Pathways program, it’s clear that a full expansion would discourage employment for those who can work and risk resources meant for the truly needy — low-income children and people with disabilities,” Jonathan Ingram said.

The GOP’s persistent push for work requirements, despite their failure, reflects a broader trend of reducing access to federal programs.

Critics argue that these efforts serve to limit aid and turn public health programs into sources of cheap labor.

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