Sorry, Arkansans Making $1899 Per Year, You Are Too Rich For Medicaid

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Lucky duckiesHere is a fun (!) morning math lesson for you, our brilliant and talented and math-capable readers! If Arkanasas currently provides Medicaid to those making 17 percent of the poverty level in the US, and the poverty line in the US for a single person is $11,170 per year, how little do you have to earn to be eligible? The answer is $1898. That is not very much bread, man!

So would Arkansas like some free federal cashish to expand its eligibility for Medicaid to those making all the way up to the poverty line?

Of course not, DON’T BE RIDICULOSE. Health care is for losers.

[WonkBlog]

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126 comments

    1. prommie

      I thought and hoot and a holler was a measurement of distance, as far as you can hear a "hoot" plus as far as you can hear a "holler."

  1. Beowoof

    Well republicans once again demonstrating all of their Christian compassion. Although, it wasn't directly mentioned in the Bible, Jesus did get a co-pay from Lazarus.

    1. comrad_darkness

      I think you've hit upon it. They want their citizen's desperate enough to pray for help and turn to God rather than man.

    2. Doktor Zoom

      No, no, you see, Jesus only wants individuals to freely choose to help the Poors. If the Gummint helps the Poors, that takes away the Jesus Magic, and is also theft, because it hurts freedom and the money might go to the undeserving Bad Poors. As Jesus himself said, "whatsoever you do for the least of these, that you do unto me, unless the dirty layabouts haven't been drug-tested."

    1. ChernobylSoup

      That said, Arkansas is really just Alabama waiting to happen. There's a good chance the Republicans will gain control of one or both houses in the General Assembly. Even if they do, though, Governor Beebe (D) can veto. But when he is gone, we'll be the next Alabamazona.

    2. Antispandex

      Well, I'm sure someone's accounts will expand as a result. I mean, we're nor communists.

      1. ChernobylSoup

        There's a reason the Blue Cross building in Little Rock is a lot closer to the Capitol than it is to any hospital.

  2. Goonemeritus

    With more than $5.20 a day at your disposal you should be able to put a few chickens in the freezer to fund your healthcare needs.

  3. Jus_Wonderin

    Damn Mom. I dressed up as a girl once. Once! And this is the photo you give them????

  4. Schmannnity

    Who needs health care when the state has abundant poultices, leaches, medicinal roots, and potions?

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Moonshine, also. If it doesn't make you blind, it can cure nearly anything. Well, except blindness.

    2. spends2much

      And, of course, prayin' to Republican Jeebus! If that don't cure you, you's supposed to be sick!

    1. LesBontemps

      Not "employees" but "associates." If they were "employees," they'd have to provide benefits.

    2. WhatTheHeck

      Wal Mart can shift its manufacturing to Arkansas where the labor costs are lower than in China.

        1. sewollef

          I ain't laughing.

          "A decade ago, a factory worker in China made 58 cents an hour. Today, wages are more than $ 3.00 and there are predictions of $6.00 an hour by the year 2015.

          John Higgins, CEO of Neutex, an LED lighting company, said it will be cheaper to manufacture in Houston."

          Crap.

  5. not that Raul Castro

    With $1899, you could have a Big Mac Value Meal every day, for like 38 weeks, and then hibernate the rest of the year.

    1. horsedreamer_1

      To Christianze & Civilize those Cubans, Filipinos, & Puerto Ricans!

      (Note: might already be Christian Catholic.)

  6. FidoMcCokefiend

    I've been told that the churches do a much better job of helping the poors than the evil gubmint.

    Surely all the god fearing yokels down there will help out with bake sales and whatnot?

    1. Antispandex

      Bake sales? For what? If a preacher juggling a snake can't heal you, you're not sick. Probably sent by Michael Moore to scare everybody.

  7. MissTaken

    Freedom ain't free! But you know what is free? Dirt! Just rub some dirt on it and quit yer bitchin'!

    1. actor212

      Y'need to cover et up? We ain' got no bandiges. Here, have this here squirrel what got runned over out on the bypass this moanin'!

    2. BaldarTFlagass

      Obviously you haven't had to buy a yard or two of topsoil down at the landscaping center.

          1. BaldarTFlagass

            Cadillacs is fer the Nigras, except for the Cadillac pickup trucks. White folks hereabouts drive Mercedes, BMW, and leviathan SUVs.

          2. Jus_Wonderin

            Wait, that Texas State Truck isn't the Canyonero? I wonder if I can cancel my order?

          1. BaldarTFlagass

            Yeah, I hide the arugula amongst the marijuana plants so the neighbors don't see.

    1. sewollef

      Should shop at Club Monaco instead… you get a better class of Hamptonite there.

  8. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    For people who don't believe in evolution, these people sure do like to test the limits of survival of the fittest.

  9. SayItWithWookies

    Gee, with coddling like that, you'd think all of Arkansas' North Louisiana's poor would be dead by now. That's how conservative economics is supposed to work, isn't it? Why has it failed to leave us only with prosperous entrepreneurs?

  10. Biel_ze_Bubba

    You can easily afford insurance for a whole family on $1,899.

    Most experts recommend insuring for February, but I suggest March, because you can get 31 days' coverage.

    1. jodyleek

      Them thar poors are livin' high off the hog, what with their spegtti, 2 pacs a peace cigs and those cakes they like.

  11. ProgressiveInga

    Arkansas Medicaid Plan: take this free sample of oxy and call the smack dealer next week.

  12. SorosBot

    If poor people didn't want to be told to fuck off and die when they get sick, then why did they choose to be poor?

  13. BaldarTFlagass

    Bet they do a means test, too. "TV? Refrigerator? AIR CONDITIONER?!?!? Denied!!!"

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      And cell phones–if you're high faluting enough to have a cell phone, you don't need no government aid.

      1. widestanceromance

        Not to mention Daddy's heirloom tin leg under that banjo. Been in the family as long as anyone can remember. Some day, his kids will wear that leg.

        1. Jus_Wonderin

          Growing up, we were so poor we had to make our prosthetic limbs out of cardboard. No, I won't say we prayed for drought, but rainy days were hell on us. It is a dim memory, but I can still see Lil Tommy Ray, standing in a puddle and listing to starboard.

    1. rickmaci

      Live Sick and Die.

      Don't Treatment Me.

      Wonder what the flags for those would look like?

    1. Puffperney

      Nope. They're breeding faster than they're dying off. Thanks to a strong anti-birth control program. …of course, the average age of the population in the state is getting lower,

  14. Antispandex

    Yep, I knew it! The bestest health care system in the WORLD. U-S-A! U-S-A!
    There is nothing to keep a person from wasting what they have left over from their $1899 on doctors and such. That's freedom.

  15. kissawookiee

    I will post a snarky comment on this just as soon as I get my jaw up off the floor. Anybody got a forklift they aren't using?

  16. prommie

    Perfectly understandable, if only you know the reasoning behind the decision. Its simple: If you expand eligibility, then all the blahs will get it. And taxes is slavery when it goes to benefit blahs. Any libertarian could explain that to you in a second.

    1. Dumbedup

      you nailed it. 1897 obviously is the number that excludes the maximum number of blahs, as well as many poor whites. I've been hearing about the "new south" for 30 years now, but don't see much new at all.

  17. elviouslyqueer

    That image is very disturbing. I wish you’d have chosen something else. I realize that it’s a shameful part of American history that we should never forget, but it’s too much.

    No, not the one with the poorz. The one at the TPM link. Jeez, Wonkette, have you no decency?

  18. anniegetyerfun

    Christ, these people. Next thing you know, they're going to expect potable water to be piped into their homes.

  19. Ruhe

    We are just so loathsome…I'm gonna spend the weekend not looking for a little while. Snark on brothers and sisters. I'm out for a few days.

    1. Dumbedup

      hey, enjoy the "new" weather whilst on your holiday, and remember soon these other issues will be eclipsed by climate change, and it wll be the only issue, so don't worry too much.

  20. sezme

    Well it's really a good thing that Medicaid won't be expanded because it would lead to rationing of care, which would of course lead to death panels. So keep the status quo because that way, everone wins.

  21. Monsieur_Grumpe

    Well I'm sure the cost of living is much lower in Arkansas. Judging by their “livable” yearly wage you should be able to buy a new car for $499, a modest house for $2,568 and a chicken 10 pennies.

  22. ttommyunger

    All but one of 'em is too fucking lazy to even stand up. GET A JERB, SLACKERS!

  23. barto

    I think we've actually done it! We've created the most insanely inhumane health care financing system on the planet! USA! USA! USARRRRGHGHGHGHHGH!.!.!.!….

  24. rickmaci

    The stupid keep the rich rich and the rich keep the stupid stupid. And now it seems, they also keep the stupid sick.

    It's the Republigoon way.

  25. kilo50

    And in Liberty/Freedomland Arkansas you get to pay sales tax for food purchased at Walmart with that $1899 fortune you earned at the chicken plucking factory outside Hogeye ( absolutely a real place in Northwest Arkansas, near Strickler and up the road from Bug Tussle, also a real place. )

  26. LakeLucilleLoon

    Isn't that a photo of the Romneys joshing it up for their Mormon Christmas card? (I don't know if Mormons do xmas but that was the first thing that came to mind and I'm too lazy to google Mormon xmas…)

  27. HarryButtle

    Either they're lazy, or they're so malnourished and diseased that they CAN'T stand up.

    Nah, they're just lazy.

  28. TribecaMike

    Poverty is a myth created by the poor so they can remain poor.

    Now, excuse me while I make out with this Ron Paul ReLOVEution poster.

  29. DahBoner

    Yeah, I was going to visit the Noah's ark exhibit at Ark N' Sands this spring, but it was flooded out…

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