RICH FOLK  12:08 pm July 6, 2012

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

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

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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Billmatic July 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

See I always had a hunch that Hootin Holler was in Arkansas.

prommie July 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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."

Beowoof July 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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.

comrad_darkness July 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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.

Doktor Zoom July 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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."

boobookitteh July 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

He made Martha pay up front.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Isn't being dead a pre-existing condition?

Graham Cracker July 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Only for Medicaid. You are still allowed to vote in most elections.

ChernobylSoup July 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Whoa. Our governor said we're taking the Fed money for expansion.

ChernobylSoup July 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

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.

Antispandex July 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

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

ChernobylSoup July 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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

malatang July 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

Below are the current eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid in Arkansas. The income limits are monthly, not annual.
http://humanservices.arkansas.gov/dco/dco_docs/20

SorosBot July 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hey, it's easy to afford private insurance on $150 a month!

OneDollarJuana July 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

For $1899 a year a box of Bandaids once a decade is "affordable insurance".

Goonemeritus July 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

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.

Terry July 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Especially if you poach them from your neighbor's coop after dark.

comrad_darkness July 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Arkansas, the Arkansas of Arkansas.

An_Outhouse July 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Does Arkanasas cover funerals?

Chick-Fil-Atheistâ„¢ July 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

When they outlawed death panels, they outlawed death, too.

Jus_Wonderin July 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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

Chow Yun Flat July 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

It's a slippery slope Health care for the poor in Arkansas today, Communism tomorrow. .

Schmannnity July 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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

ProgressiveInga July 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Granny Clampett libel!

anniegetyerfun July 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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

Dudleydidwrong July 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Not to mention snake handling for curative purposes.

Puffperney July 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Whatever your ills, a good, solid cottonmouth strike will end them for you.

spends2much July 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

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

horsedreamer_1 July 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Hipster midwifery homeopathy unvaccinated libel!!

Jus_Wonderin July 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Ha! Just look at all the luxuries they have, will ya!?!?

actor212 July 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

In fairness, in Arkansas, that buys you a double wide AND three dogs to put under the porch.

Barb July 6, 2012 at 12:16 pm

People making less than $1,899.00 per year, or as Wal Mart calls them, employees.

actor212 July 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I believe they call them "associates," in order to discourage alcoholism

glasspusher July 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I'd have to be pretty drunk before I _shopped_ there, for crissakes…

mormos July 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

only in public, behind closed doors they are "peasants"

WALMART: #1 in serf labor!

LesBontemps July 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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

WhatTheHeck July 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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

actor212 July 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

You laugh, but….

sewollef July 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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.

OneDollarJuana July 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Don't forget plasters to fight those evil humours.

shortsandpants July 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Opt in: You are screwed.
Opt out: You are scewed.
Reason: You live in Arkansas

not that Raul Castro July 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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

gullywompr July 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

1898 is also the year to which these robber barons want to return.

JustPixelz July 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Pretty sure they want 1858 … at least in the South.

horsedreamer_1 July 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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

(Note: might already be Christian Catholic.)

Fox n Fiends July 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Its all Whitewater's fault.

LakeLucilleLoon July 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I always forget that the Clintons came from "that Arkansas".

WhatTheHeck July 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

It could be worse. They could be living in Arizona.

FNMA July 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

And be Mexican.

Chichikovovich July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

and a former governor.

HarryButtle July 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hey!

(Sure, it's true, but you don't have to rub it in.)

FidoMcCokefiend July 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

A year of chemo is gonna take a whole lot of cookies.

SayItWithWookies July 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I thought they just had to give the radiologist a chicken and they're set.

Antispandex July 6, 2012 at 12:54 pm

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.

mavenmaven July 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Meth is the only medical plan they want in Arkansas.

MissTaken July 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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

actor212 July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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'!

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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

actor212 July 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Fancy Yank and you're "tawp soil". Ah bet yew drank yer "tea" wif yer pinkie up and put your good toof in for dinner!

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Bro, I live in fucking Texas, fer Chrissakes.

actor212 July 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Oh, one them shitkickers with the three piece soots an boots! Prolly drive a Cad-o-LACK, too!

glasspusher July 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Texas Yanks. The worst kind.

Lascauxcaveman July 6, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I bet he uses that designer dirt to grow communist arugula.

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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

PubOption July 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose… .

freakishlywrong July 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

The Banana Republicans strike again.

Puffperney July 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

"Banana Republicans"! Says it all!

sewollef July 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Your state legislature doesn't want you to heal. It wants you to DIE!

HarryButtle July 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Governor Gert Frobe's campaign slogan?

BigSkullF*ckingDog July 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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

BoatOfVelociraptors July 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Social Darwinism, not Biological Darwinism.

SayItWithWookies July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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?

Biel_ze_Bubba July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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.

johnnyzhivago July 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Government Cedar Cheese for everyone!!!!!!!

jodyleek July 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

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

DerrickWildcat July 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Pine Bluff, Arkansas is a fancy highfalutin city that doesn't need any of your Foreign money!

Baconzgood July 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hey, one less Welfare state in the union.

ProgressiveInga July 6, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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

SorosBot July 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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?

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

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

Texan_Bulldog July 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm

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

johnnymeatworth July 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hey, that banjo on your knee had to come from SOMEWHERE….

widestanceromance July 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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.

Jus_Wonderin July 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

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.

viennawoods13 July 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Luxury.

salt_bagel July 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Free to Be…Poor and Dead

rickmaci July 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Live Sick and Die.

Don't Treatment Me.

Wonder what the flags for those would look like?

Oblios_Cap July 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Arkansas – Leading the nation in reducing the surplus population.

Puffperney July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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,

Antispandex July 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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.

fartknocker July 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Rowanda is looking really, really good right now.

IncenseDebate July 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Is Rowanda the grandma, or the ma?

Oblios_Cap July 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Maybe they meant Towanda.

kissawookiee July 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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?

JustPixelz July 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Silly Wookie. Jaw on the floor is not covered.

prommie July 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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.

Dumbedup July 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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.

elviouslyqueer July 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm

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?

anniegetyerfun July 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm

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

rickmaci July 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Jeezuuz didn't use a flush toilet, why should they?

Ruhe July 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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.

Dumbedup July 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

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.

sezme July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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.

Monsieur_Grumpe July 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Who said Republican's couldn't take care of poverty? Just define everyone out of it and it no one will be poor.

rickmaci July 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

And ketchup is a vegetable.

ElPinche July 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

That's funny because a set of bootstraps are just $18.98 at Walmart.

rickmaci July 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Plus 3 bucks for the duct tape to attach them to your feet.

ttommyunger July 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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

barto July 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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

rickmaci July 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

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.

rickmaci July 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Not to worry, this shit will still be here when you get back. SMH.

Comrade Wingtardd July 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Couldn't we fix all this by making the official poverty level $5 a year, thus eradicating poverty completely? NO Medicare needed!

gussley July 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You misspelled "loosers".

starfanglednut July 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I got no snark. No health care until you only make $1800? That's just obscene.

kilo50 July 6, 2012 at 5:03 pm

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. )

LakeLucilleLoon July 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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…)

HarryButtle July 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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

Nah, they're just lazy.

randcoolcatdaddy July 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm

But $1,800 is a lot in Confederate dollars.

TribecaMike July 7, 2012 at 1:23 am

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.

blatherous July 7, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Gubmint cashish?

Sure, I'll take two!!!

DahBoner July 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

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

BaldarTFlagass July 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

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

Jus_Wonderin July 6, 2012 at 1:13 pm

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

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