LePage Tries To Block Medicaid Expansion In Maine By Labeling It ‘Welfare’

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Media Outlet: Talking Points Memo

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the myth of the 'welfare queen' was referenced in Talking Points Memo:

"'The right wing has successfully turned 'welfare' into an inflammatory word, going all the way back to Ronald Regan and his welfare queen story. They push the idea that welfare is people getting something they do not deserve. People also generally think of welfare as a cash-type benefit. But Medicaid is not a cash program. Medicaid pays your provider just like my insurance pays my provider.'"

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Aleta Sprague is a program fellow with the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. Sprague's work focuses on promoting financial inclusion in public assistance programs. She is a member of the California and New York state bars and currently works as a Legal Analyst at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at UCLA.

Rachel Black is the co-director of the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. In this role, she leads research, analysis, and public commentary around a portfolio of issues devoted to creating a more equitable public policy approach to  advancing a new vision for social policy that allows all families to thrive in an era of growing risk, uncertainty, and inequality.