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This, from the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Last year, the Trump administration approved a work requirement for Arkansas Medicaid recipients.

As a result, nearly 20,000 Arkansans have lost their coverage so far.

On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified before Congress that he does not know why that's happened.

Nevertheless, he said that the Trump administration wants to impose that work requirement on all Medicaid recipients nationwide – putting up to four million Americans at risk of losing their health care.

I asked Secretary Azar why he would want to expand a program that would take health care away from millions of poor people.

He couldn't explain that, either.

Of course he couldn't. That's because it's a bad idea, rooted in this administration's belief that dignity isn't a right, but a privilege reserved for the wealthy.

That's not just wrong. It's a disgrace.

I'm not done. I will continue to demand answers from Secretary Azar and hold the department of Health and Human Services accountable to their mission and to the American people.


Posted on March 14, 2019.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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