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Jan 11, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
THREAD: Today Trump admin invited states to undermine Medicaid
& kick millions off coverage. Here’s a few ways to tell Trump/GOP so-called “work requirements” (aka cuts) aren’t really about helping people work OR stay healthy 1/
Ripping away health coverage doesn’t help people find jobs. It actually makes it harder to search for work:… 2/
As @rebeccavallas notes, Trump admin admits fed Medicaid funds can’t be used to address ppl’s barriers to work! 3/
Look at biggest barriers to work – childcare, unforgiving schedules, transit, crim record, Trump/GOP does nothing or makes barriers WORSE 4/
Un(der)employed now have added stress of losing healthcare. See @Frederc10 on how this stress can make ppl sick.… 5/
Trump/GOP so busy dismantling Medicaid, they failed to renew CHIP, leaving 9 mill kids at risk of being uninsured… 6/
All this rhetoric abt “valuing work”? They just ⬆️ taxes on working ppl to give huge tax cut to inherited wealth 7/
In short, this isn’t abt helping ppl find work. It’s not abt improving ppls health. It’s a tactic to reinforce myths and divide us by... 8/
Making it seem like the reason ppl are poor is bc they don’t work while evoking racist stereotypes. nothing could be further from truth. 9/
If Trump/GOP were serious about helping ppl work & be healthy, @amprog @talkpoverty team has some ideas for them… 10/
In meantime, let’s cut the BS & call these “Work requirements” what they are: a cruel & counterproductive cut to our health insurance
Wanna take action? Go to #handsoff Medicaid

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Sep 22, 2018
🛎RED ALERT🛎Trump just unilaterally expanded his powers to attack immigrants & working families w/new #publiccharge rule

This is Trump at his worst:
❌ Rigging system for the rich
❌Emboldening white supremacists
❌Separating families
❌Cutting kids healthcare

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What is public charge? For a summary, read this thread: ), but basically, it's an arcane policy from 1892 (originally designed to keep out Irish Catholics), Today, the rule excludes immigrants likely to rely on govt for subsistence. 2/
What does Trump’s rule do?

It RADICALLY expands the existing rule to essentially make being (or being related to) a working-class immigrant a reason to fear for yourself and your family.

You can read all 447 hate-filled pages here:… 3/
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Mar 30, 2018
BREAKING: Trump's radical leaked “public charge” reg that will separate families, discriminate against ppl w/disabilities & effectively deny healthcare & other basics to legal immigrants & citizen kids just moved to OMB, meaning could be dropped soon… 1/
What is “public charge?” It’s an arcane immigration provision, designed to exclude immigrants who would be primarily dependent on govt for subsistence. Traditionally that's meant that they rely on cash assistance for subsistence or receive Medicaid for long-term care. 2/
The draft executive order would radically redefine “public charge” in three ways that would mean millions of legal immigrants and US citizens would be affected. 3/
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