Continuing his attacks against government aid, Rand Paul has now announced that too many people are on Medicaid, and that it is being used as a new “welfare” system.
Via the AP:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says Medicaid has turned into “intergenerational welfare,” saying coverage has spread beyond those truly in need.
The tea party favorite, who is running against Democrat Jack Conway, spoke to a Kentucky business group Monday.
When asked about Medicaid, Paul said the health coverage should be temporary until people can help themselves. But he acknowledged some need long-term assistance.
Paul says too many people are receiving the insurance who don’t really need it, noting half the state’s births are covered by it.
As of 2008 in Kentucky, almost 400,000 of those on Medicaid lived below the poverty line, nearly 365,000 of those receiving Medicaid were children, and a majority had at least part time income.