WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate today about his bill the “Medicaid Reform and Personal Responsibility Act of 2017.” This legislation would require adults between the ages of 18 and 55, who have no dependents and are not disabled, to spend 20 hours a week working in a job, going to school or doing community service in order to continue to receive free health care through Medicaid.
“I'm filing a bill entitled the 'Medicaid Reform and Personal Responsibility Act of 2017.' My bill will create a work requirement for Medicaid. My reason for introducing this bill is simple. I want Americans to prosper. I don't want our people to remain mired in poverty. I want to break poverty's back by creating a system that doesn't force the American people to subsist on government handouts. And the best way to do that is to provide an incentive for able-bodied Americans to know the dignity of work. Because a person without a job is neither happy nor free,” said Sen. Kennedy.
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