Chris Christie thinks panhandlers too rich for Medicaid

Who do you think should qualify for state-distributed Medicaid? It’s up to the states, somewhat, to answer that question. From the Health and Human Services website:

. . certain requirements must be met. These may include your age, whether you are pregnant, disabled, blind, or aged; your income and resources (like bank accounts, real property, or other items that can be sold for cash); and whether you are a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted immigrant.

Governor Chris Christie provides a new answer for struggling New Jerseyans. He says: ‘If a family of three is making as much as a decent panhandler, they’re too well-off for healthcare benefits’ . .

Gov. Christie Thinks A Family Making $6,000 A Year Is Too Rich To Qualify For Medicaid
By Marie Diamond | Jun 2, 2011

Despite recent polls that show Americans are just as protective of Medicaid as they are of Medicare, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is trying to gut the popular program in his state and prevent 23,000 people from receiving benefits. Christie has proposed cutting Medicaid eligibility to absurdly low levels: from the current maximum income of $24,645 to $5,317 a year for a family of three . .

“Adults in a family of three that makes as little as $103 a week would earn too much to qualify for health care provided by Medicaid under a sharply curtailed program Gov. Chris Christie wants the federal government to approve this year, according to state officials and advocates briefed on the proposal.[…]”

That’s $14.57 a day.