Healthcare

Governor Matt Bevin is a Sociopath

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Kentucky recently became the first and only state in the country to formally request and receive a waiver from the Trump regime allowing the state to impose work and training requirements for Medicaid enrollment.

Several groups are actively considering filing lawsuits against the new requirements, but Bevin says that if a court strikes down his requirements he'll simply rescind all of Medicaid expansion. Bevin signed an executive order on Friday that would be just that.

"Is the governor of Kentucky saying that if he is caught doing something illegal, he will take health care away from hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who have done nothing wrong?" asked Leonardo Cuello, director of health policy for the National Health Law Program. [...]

The expansion added about 480,000 people to Kentucky's Medicaid program, which covers about 1.4 million people. Bevin's changes are aimed largely at those added through the expansion though some, such as pregnant women or disabled and chronically ill people, would be exempt.

If Bevin did unilaterally take coverage away from nearly 500,000 people, it would be a disaster, and not just a human disaster.

There are doctors, pharmacies, and other health care providers across Kentucky that depend on the business of Medicaid to remain open. Nearly 1 in 5 people in Kentucky are enrolled in Medicaid, making it one of if not the most important program for employment in the state.

Bevin's threat to kill people if he doesn't get his way is a threat to the entire state, not just people enrolled in Medicaid. Where do you think people employed in the health care industry shop? Where do they buy cars? What happens if they lose their jobs?

I have my doubts that Bevin would ever follow through on his threat, but I have no doubt that he is a piece of shit.

  • muselet

    I have no doubt whatsoever that Matt Bevin would follow through on his threat.

    Yes, he’s a sociopath (in case you doubt), but he’s also making a political calculation: as a TP-supported R, he’s expected to make insane proposals, and he can rail against the activist judges! who strike down his loopier ideas. It’s a win-win for him.

    People like him would pay good money to knuckle the poor, just for funsies.

    –alopecia

    • Georgie

      Wow, this guy is truly a scum bucket.

  • Badgerite

    “Work and training requirements” are just another way of claiming that somehow these people are “welfare queens”.
    To try to pretend that the GOP is only targeting the ‘unworthy’ who refuse to work or something. They are the POS party.
    A healthy society is something that benefits everyone. Everyone. As Ashby notes, the state economy benefits from the people employed providing healthcare to Medicaid recipients. Government money is a multiplier in this instance.
    It will help everyone. Including those not on Medicaid.

  • Aynwrong

    This seems like it would be appropriate for one of Ashby’s patented “So & so is a lizard” headlines, but I suppose sociopath is technically more accurate.

    The Party of Family Values™ won’t be satisfied until they have a literal body count of their own fellow citizens to brag about.

  • ninjaf

    Well, it’s “just” poor people, anyway. Who cares if they die?

    And job schmobs! What does that matter when there are poor folks barely hanging on to be shamed?