Over the last month or so, people have been wondering who Trump would appoint to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Obviously, that’s an incredibly important news story to follow and it’s nice to know that Trump ultimately picked a solid conservative in Brett Kavanaugh.
However, there’s still a lot of other stuff going on that Americans should be paying attention to.
For example, an Obama appointed judge recently ruled against work requirements for welfare programs.
Here’s more on that.
From Washington Post:
A federal judge ruled Friday afternoon that the Trump administration acted in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner when it allowed Kentucky to become the first state in the nation to require that low-income people work or otherwise engage in their communities to qualify for Medicaid.
The decision by U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg vacates that approval and sends the state’s program, Kentucky HEALTH, back to the federal Department of Health and Human Services for further review.
Boasberg said that top HHS officials “never adequately considered whether [the program] would in fact help the state furnish medical assistance to its citizens, a central objective of Medicaid.” That “signal omission” renders the decision “arbitrary and capricious,” he concluded.
Luckily, Kentucky still has a chance to push forward.
From Modern Healthcare:
At least two states will push ahead with their programs to impose work requirements on their Medicaid populations despite a federal judge invalidating the CMS’ approval of Kentucky’s far-reaching waiver last month.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., held that HHS Secretary Alex Azar did not adequately evaluate whether Kentucky’s requirement that expansion enrollees log 80 hours a month of work or community engagement to keep their coverage is consistent with the objective of the Medicaid statute, which he said is to furnish coverage. He left the door open for HHS and the CMS to come back with a more carefully developed model.
The decision could set back the Trump administration’s timetable for transforming Medicaid into a program whose purpose is to improve people’s health and well-being through work and prepare them to switch to private insurance. It also could slow Medicaid expansion in Republican-led states that favor work requirements.
This is just another example of how important it is to stack the federal courts with conservative judges.
Which is exactly what Trump is doing.