Healthcare

Matt Bevin is a Sociopath

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin ran for office promising to roll back the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare in Kentucky.

Bevin never actually did that because doing so would mean kicking over 400,000 people (many of whom voted for him) off their coverage, bringing economic ruin to the state, but he is cooking up a plan than will make life significantly more complicated and embarrassing for people on Medicaid.

Bevin's administration will soon ask for federal approval for a plan that locks dental and vision coverage behind a "rewards points" program.

Kentucky is moving closer to an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program Bevin has said is aimed at controlling costs and encouraging more personal responsibility in consumers, changes that include elimination of basic dental and vision benefits for most "able-bodied" adults who instead would have to earn them through a "rewards" program. [...]

Proposed changes include monthly premiums, co-payments for services, mandatory work or volunteer activity to maintain Medicaid coverage and "lock-outs" of coverage for up to six months for some who fail to pay premiums. The state proposal also includes a "My Rewards" account where people can accumulate points for activities such as passing a GED exam, completing job training or completing wellness activities such as stop-smoking classes, points that go toward the purchase of services such as dental or vision care.

But Medicaid members also would have points deducted from their rewards account for infractions such as failing to pay premiums or "inappropriate" use of emergency rooms up to a negative balance of $150.

This seems like a terrible idea even at face value, but it becomes much worse when you break it down and think about it.

Even if you're someone who believes Medicaid is too generous for people who already have nothing, this is an unnecessarily complicated expansion of big government micro-management. A whole new state department will have to be created to manage Bevin's psychotic rewards points program. And this will create new headaches for providers who may not be sure if their patients have the rewards points necessary for any given procedure even if they're covered by Medicaid. New systems will have to be developed for tracking and relaying that information to providers.

Even if you're someone who's concerned about the costs of providing healthcare, you should know that this may not save the state much if any money at all. The federal government still covers 95 percent of the cost of Medicaid expansion even though Trump sits in the oval office because, try as they might, Republicans in Congress have not managed to repeal Obamacare. What the federal government will not cover is the cost of Bevin's new sociopathic rewards points program.

This is not an economic decision as Matt Bevin would like you to believe. This is him and his fellow Republicans legislating their own sense of morality and human worth. Or lack of human worth, I should say. This is social engineering. Bevin wants to treat his own constituents like numbers on a spreadsheet that will determine whether they've won the dental lottery.

The Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama would never approve of social engineering like this, but Trump's health department under Secretary Tom Price? They probably will.

We live in the wealthiest nation in the world but we're asking people to bank rewards points for basic dental coverage like you would a goddamn sub sandwich or gasoline.

  • David Greenberg

    Bevin, Brownback, McConnel, Ryan, Trump, Christie- Rs have to be so proud of what they have become. Calling them subhuman is an insult to subhumans. Calling them Christians is debasing Christianity. This is rapidly becoming a third world country. Americans not in the financial top 1% have no representation, the political system has been destroyed by money and given that half the voting population appears to be totally incompetent, I don’t see it being fixed.

  • Christopher Foxx

    (many of whom voted for him)

    Morons, every one.

  • Scopedog

    We live in the wealthiest nation in the world but we’re asking people to bank rewards points for basic dental coverage like you would a goddamn sub sandwich or gasoline.

    Yep.

    And to add insult to injury I’m still hearing assholes from the Green Party or those alt-Left purists saying that if the ACA falls, that’s a good thing because then we’ll finally get single payer! Yay! Except these assholes never mention how a GOP-run Congress will pass single payer; all they drone on about is Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare For All” bill.

    • And they never seem to concern themselves with the millions who will suffer and die while the ACA is destroyed and through all the time time it takes to actually pass it, create it, get it functional and implement it.

    • If the ACA fails, it will be seen to discredit the idea of universal health care. What do they make of that? Do they just double down on the accelerationism?

  • Badgerite

    This is so good. I just have to post this somewhere.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrZ4197C110

    • What was it? It’s says it’s unavailable.

      • Badgerite

        Carl Sagan video. Just wonderful. Of course.
        If you want to see it, go to youtube and search for
        “one of my favourite Carl Sagan videos” .
        It is 17 minutes long and it the first video up.

  • ninjaf

    What happens if you already have a GED or even just a straight up high school diploma? How do you qualify then for such benefits? This is just stupid at all levels and made to make other people feel superior.

  • Draxiar

    If you get 10 punches on your medical rewards card for community service well, by golly, you can get that dental check up!

    Universal healthcare is the ultimate form of civilization.

  • muselet

    “Martha, we need to get to the emergency room. My left arm’s gone numb and I can’t catch my breath.”

    “Hold up, Ralph. We haven’t got enough HealthPoints™ to afford a heart attack. Are you sure it’s not gout? That we can afford.”

    Matt Bevin noisily proclaims himself to be a Christian. I honestly wonder if he thinks Matthew 15:30 reads:

    And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he said: Get a job, you lazy moochers!

    “Sociopath” isn’t nearly a strong enough word to describe Bevin.

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      Matt Bevin noisily proclaims himself to be a Christian.

      That, right there, proves that he is not a Christian. Just sayin’.

  • Sociopath is right. Damn, these guys just have no limit on how much they hate taxpayer money going to help actual Americans. They really, really think that they’re being scammed somehow and want to erect as many barriers as possible for poor Americans claiming meager funds for healthcare; something that should be a human right in America.

    • Scopedog

      Nah, they are just cruel sons-of-bitches who are still upset that a Black man was President for two terms and actually helped millions–including their brain-dead supporters who keep voting them into office.

  • Badgerite

    “This is not an economic decision as Matt Bevin would like you to believe.