Is President Trump's Health Care Program Going To Be Improved Home Care For The Able Bodied and Elderly?  Despite rumors that the Republicans would raid the Social Security retirement program to fund the Medicaid health program for the lower income, a Medicaid health program for the lower income may come from the cancelled nuclear war that the U. S. will not have to fight with North Korea – thanks to China.

With a series of business deals, worth $9 billion as a welcome gift, President Xi Jinping welcomed President Donald Trump to China. Both leaders explicitly and implicitly agreed that a nuclear armed North Korea was bad for business – certainly a lot worse than making a $27 billion trade profit the United States negotiated with China.

But the most profound and thankful implication of peace and military cooperation between the United States and China, the world’s two most powerful military and financial powers in the world, and, perhaps, Russia, a major nuclear power, is the real bonus.

Now, perhaps, people throughout the world can sleep a little better because China will not be giving North Korea the oil, armaments, money and other resources, it needs to build nuclear bombs to kill Americans and feed its starving population.

As a result of not going to war with North Korea because of a peace pact with China, the United States now has the economic flexibility to offer Americans more money in their pocketbooks through what the Trump administration is calling “a new day for Medicaid.”

In a speech to the National Association of Medicaid Directors, Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the administration would approve proposals from states to require work or community engagement for people who want to receive Medicaid.

“Many people on Medicaid, including many who became eligible as a result of the Affordable Care Act, are able-bodied adults of working age.

“These are individuals who are physically capable of being actively engaged in their communities, whether it be through working, volunteering, going to school or obtaining job training.

“Let me be clear to everyone in this room: We will approve proposals that promote community engagement activities,” Ms. Verma said.  Verma heaped criticism on the previous Obama administration, saying it had focused on increasing Medicaid enrollment rather than helping people move out of poverty and into jobs.

“Believing that community engagement requirements do not support or promote the objectives of Medicaid is a tragic example of the soft bigotry of low expectations consistently espoused by the prior administration,” Ms. Verma said. “Those days are over.” (“Trump Administration Will Support Work Requirements for Medicaid,” Robert Pear, NY Times, 11/7/17)

Of course, Democrats lean toward the belief, as stated by Jason A. Helgerson, the Medicaid director in New York State, that Ms. Verma’s comments were “absolutely awful.”

Whoever wins the argument, the fact is that low-income citizens, many of whom are Black and dependent on government support, could benefit from an help from any source.

Let us be thankful that our U. S. foreign policy, working with an old adversary, China, can now avert a nuclear World War III and at the same time help U. S. low-income Medicaid dependent citizens receive health care.

In my opinion, government money cannot be used for a better purpose.