The non-existent "able-bodied" seeker of government handouts:
Almost 65 percent of the individuals on Medicaid are poor children who would otherwise have no health insurance. Another 2 percent are women who qualify only because they are pregnant. Roughly 15 percent of the recipients are blind or disabled, and approximately 7 percent are the elderly. The small proportion of recipients remaining represents the working poor.
So why then are some beating the drum for more drastic measures of reform? Why do some want to turn our health care over to out-of-state, profit-driven insurance companies?
You've answered your own question there. Whether it's a direct conflict of interest in the form of campaign contributions, or an ideological predisposition, conservative lawmakers almost always lean in the direction of the privatization of public services. And it doesn't matter how many times these efforts fail, or how many taxpayer dollars are pissed away in the process, the idea always seems new, bold, and innovative to them. Not unlike a small child rediscovering a cherished toy buried in his closet. But Medicaid is not a toy, it's a critical life-saving program, and shouldn't be "shaken up" for ego's sake.