Who would be eligible for Medicaid if expanded? Might be you.

Who would be eligible for Medicaid if expanded? Might be you.

With the re-election of President Obama and the Democrats with even more number in the U.S. Senate, all the indications are that the U.S. House will end its two-year effort to “repeal and replace” or simply stop Obamacare. 

Much of the upcoming battles now will be in the states over whether to expand Medicaid to their citizens with incomes under 138% of the federal poverty level. 

For the public to actually understand who would benefit if states expanded Medicaid as allowed under Obamare, first they need to know that state’s already cover the very, very, very poor under Medicaid.  In most instances these are hopelessly unemployed parents.

But when we talk about expanding the eligibility for Medicaid to 138% of poverty, we’re now talking about the working poor, with kids or not, who simply can’t afford health insurance. 

The U.S. Department of Labor looked at 2011 employment data for all different kinds of jobs.  Here is a list of those jobs that have 50% of their workers with annual incomes below 138% of the poverty level for a family of three.  See if you fall into one of these groups.  You might be surprised who will benefit if your state expands Medicaid under Obamacare.

Food Preparation and Serving Related Workers
Gaming and Sports Book Writers and Runners
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Dishwashers
Legislators
Cooks, Fast Food
Gaming Dealers
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
Baggage Porters and Bellhops
Waiters and Waitresses
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials
Cashiers
Amusement and Recreation Attendants
Agricultural Equipment Operators
Bartenders
Childcare Workers
Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
Cooks, Short Order
Food Preparation Workers
Grounds Maintenance Workers, All Other
Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers
Personal Care and Service Workers
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
Hotel, Motel, and Resort Desk Clerks
Barbers
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
Sales and Related Workers
Pharmacy Aides
Parking Lot Attendants
Cooks, Restaurant
Personal Care Aides
Teacher Assistants
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Personal Care and Service Occupations
Packers and Packagers, Hand
Crossing Guards
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations
Driver/Sales Workers
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Retail Salespersons
Home Health Aides
Helpers–Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
Helpers–Roofers
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
Manicurists and Pedicurists
Dietetic Technicians
Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers
Security Guards
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
Counter and Rental Clerks
Cooks
Craft Artists
File Clerks
Floral Designers
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
Couriers and Messengers
Motion Picture Projectionists
Teachers and Instructors
Sewing Machine Operators
Psychiatric Aides
Recreation Workers
Sales and Related Occupations
Skincare Specialists
Tour Guides and Escorts
Gaming Change Persons and Booth Cashiers
Bakers
Helpers–Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
Etchers and Engravers
Physical Therapist Aides
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Occupational Therapy Aides
Tire Repairers and Changers
Assemblers and Fabricators
Residential Advisors
Helpers–Production Workers
Photographers
Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
Healthcare Support Occupations
Telemarketers
Cutters and Trimmers, Hand
Slaughterers and Meat Packers
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
Library Assistants, Clerical
Helpers–Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
Fabric Menders, Except Garment
Forest and Conservation Workers
Concierges
Funeral Attendants
Telephone Operators
Word Processors and Typists
Designers
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity
Merchandise Displayers and Window Trimmers
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks
Social and Human Service Assistants
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service
Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
Helpers–Carpenters
Helpers–Extraction Workers
Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Office Clerks, General
Helpers–Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Receptionists and Information Clerks
Production Workers
Helpers, Construction Trades
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
Bailiffs
Highway Maintenance Workers
Sewers, Hand
Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals
Tellers
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations
Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood
Helpers–Electricians
Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
Construction Laborers
Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers