Paying people to work would be a more direct—and less expensive—way to lift them out of poverty.
If the federal government really wants to harness the benefits of employment to improve beneficiaries’ health and wealth, wouldn’t providing them with jobs be a simpler and more effective answer?
If the government is going to require that people work in order to receive Medicaid then the government should look into providing those jobs if people can’t obtain them.
Source: Work Requirements Won’t Improve Medicaid. A Jobs Guarantee Might. – The Atlantic