"Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, said these proposals were misguided because they would create a disincentive for employers to hire low-income people.
"This means that small-business people won’t hire anybody who’s on Medicaid,” Mr. Hatch said. “They won’t hire any low-income workers. They get penalized for doing it.”"
-From the New York Times
Really? Ok Senator Hatch, let’s step back and remember how the real world works. People are not inherently “low income”. They’re low income because their employers don’t pay them much. And now you’re saying that this bill would keep those same employers from hiring low-income employees.
This boils down to two choices. “Hey, I don’t want to hire anyone for the low ammount I’m willing to pay. I guess I’ll just go fuck myself and close my business!” or “Hey, I don’t want to get charged these Medicaid costs. Maybe I should pay my employees more, or provide them with benefits!” That second one actually doesn’t sound like such a bad thing.
Then again, the fact that Senator Hatch and his like don’t see this, but rather see being low-income as something permanent, akin to feudal social classes, is terrifying. It also says a lot about just how out of touch and ultimately irrelevant they’re becoming.