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I noticed where the Republican proposal to renew Medicaid expansion was to include the requirement that recipients work or volunteer an average of 20 hours per week. I am just curious if they will introduce a similar requirement for legislators who take government funded health care?

Given that legislators work for 90 days every two years, that works out to an average of five hours per week for their two years of health care benefits. Now I know that some do have public meetings, but most legislators who aren't retired are able to hold full-time jobs for the 21 months they aren't in session, which leads me to believe they aren't spending very much time on state business outside of session. If tax dollars are funding health care, it shouldn't matter whether it’s a poor person or a legislator, the rules should be the same.

Sherman Weimer

Miles City

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