Behind The Scenes, Trump Diligently Tries To Slash Social Programs

By Arthur Delaney


Anyone can chime in when a federal agency requests public comment on a proposed rule, though agencies especially consider expert opinions from think tanks and the like. But that doesn’t mean the administration is going to listen to the responses it doesn’t like.

In the case of the Medicaid work requirements proposal, most respondents said the administration shouldn’t waive program rules to allow states to add work as a condition of eligibility for certain enrollees, said Elizabeth Lower-Basch, a senior fellow at the Center for Law and Social Policy.  

“Even though the comments were 99 to 1 opposing the waivers, they approved them anyway,” Lower-Basch said.


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