The Republican campaign to paint recipients of public support as drug abusers and “moochers” has gone entirely off the rails. Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin has just proposed drug testing Medicare and Medicaid recipients – demanding that we drug test senior citizens before we pay back the benefits that they have paid for in taxes their entire working lives.
“I firmly believe we frankly should drug test people that are on Medicaid and Medicare,” said Bevin at an April Tea Party rally. “We just should.” He doubled down on those comments again during an electoral debate with Democrat Attorney General Jack Conway, saying “there should be expectation of you as somebody who is a recipient, or, as it’s often referred to in this state, on the draw.”
The Lexington Herald reports that an incredulous Conway “interrupted Bevin to make clear that he was asking about Medicare and not Medicaid,” to which he replied “Understood.” Bevin later attempted to backtrack, but the damage was done – at an event co-sponsored by the AARP.