Medicaid and food stamps serve a lot of families in Arizona, helping them to get by month-to-month. The usage time is about to change, says Governor Doug Ducey.
It’s possible that most people know someone who is on medicaid or food stamps. There also comes a point where need is replaced with want or advantageous motive.
It’s called “being on the system.” Unfortunately for the people who actually need food stamps for their weekly meals or medicaid for their health concerns, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is on a mission to limit such appropriation “misuse” by others who might want to milk the system.
In most states, welfare is limited to five years. However, even then, there are stipulations and loopholes that can extend those lengths.
According to Opposing Views, there are 13 states where the welfare limits are even shorter — like two years or less.
Well, Arizona is soon to be the state with the shortest usage time. Governor Ducey has said that he’s going to limit the amount of time to only one year. Yes, correct. One year only.
It’s not just for medicaid and food stamps though. It’s for everything that encompasses “welfare.”
However, what sucks is that — regardless of to whom medicare or any other service is given — these new stipulations have no respect of person. Everyone will have the same time limit to be on Arizona welfare.
The proposed motive for making this change is reported as cutting a $1 billion state deficit. This will be one of the most extensive games of “playing catch-up” in history for a state — well, outside of California, anyway.
In a way, one perspective says that the welfare system transitioned from one that was a community help to one that’s a national crutch. As Associated Press reports, Senator Kelli Ward states that the system is a bad reward concept.
“I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don’t ever let them face those consequences, they can’t get back on the path to rewards. As a society, we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them.”
That’s definitely a reasonable stance on the welfare topic. One could also take that viewpoint on low-income housing. It’s not including those who really need the assistance. They’re not who’s the target.
However, those who seem to want things given to them appear to stay at a certain place in life just to utilize those benefits — benefits that taxpayers finance.
And it’s those who make it hard for the people who may really need the welfare services like medicaid and food stamps. In the Associated Press article, a woman named Jessica Lopez makes the following statement.
“We’re all human. Everybody has problems. Everybody is different. When people ask for help, we should be able to get it without having to be looked at wrong.”
The source goes on to say that she “got $133 per month for about a year until she qualified for a larger federal disability check.”
All in all, some people need the services, and some people want the services. Should there be additional qualifications met before being awarded the benefits?
What are your thoughts on welfare and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s proposal? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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