What if we returned funding disability responsibility to the 50 states?
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Submitted by Mark MIchael (United States), May 17, 2013 23:13
I realize that Medicare is a federal program and it administers the disability program today, but we are running massive federal budget deficits today. Long experience with charitable activities says they're more likely to be responsibility administered closer to the needy members of society. Another federal program that could be turned over to the states entirely is Medicaid.
The initial rationale for federal welfare programs is to redistribute wealth from the wealthier states to the poorer ones. Experience shows that the states with the highest per capita income also have the highest welfare benefits and the largest percentage of their populations on welfare! Nearly all of those "rich" states are "blue" states with those generous welfare benefits. Nearly all of the "poor" states are the "red" states with much lower welfare benefits and a lower percentage of their pop. getting those benefits. There are clear exceptions - such as the Alabama example of having many citizens on disability.
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