After repeatedly filing bills in recent years to mandate random drug testing of welfare recipients, Kentucky state Rep. Lonnie Napier pre-filed for 2012 a bill that should be much more likely to become law and survive court challenges.
House Bill 26 would encourage recipients of food stamps, Medicaid and other state cash assistance to avoid illegal drugs and unprescribed controlled substances by allowing for drug testing when a case worker suspects drug abuse.
This bill should be quite popular in Kentucky as a way to address both rampant drug abuse and entitlement abuse. But there’s more: changing Medicaid eligibility as this bill does may be seen as conflicting with the federal Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. That’s a Tenth Amendment battle we both want and need.