Able-bodied doesn’t mean able to work



July 26, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Last week, Gov. Laura Kelly, under the threat of a lawsuit by Attorney General Derek Schmidt, dropped the plan to provide extended food assistance to thousands of Kansas adults who fail to meet a work requirement.     

As it stands, the law allows food assistance for three months every three years for an ABAWD (able-bodied adult without disability). To qualify for the federal food assistance program known as  SNAP, these people must work 80 hours a month or participate in SNAP to Skills training — a program Kansas does not participate in.

So what’s the problem? It may seem only fair that an able-bodied person without a disability between the ages of 18 and 49 should have to work to receive food. Let’s just pretend that it’s diamonds they’re asking for and not food, because every individual has the right to have food; diamonds, not so much. 

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