MARIANNA, Ark. – At the center of Court Square in this old Mississippi Delta town, the monument to the county’s Confederate dead is inscribed: “No braver bled for a brighter land. No brighter land had a cause so grand.” It has been a long time since Marianna or surrounding Lee County could be described as bright. Near the square, a storefront funeral home sits empty, along with two former drugstores, a department store, a jeweler, a barber. Gone, too, is Ronny’s dollar store, which let customers buy clothes on layaway. The National Guard Armory closed down and became a senior center, until that also closed. This community – scarce on jobs and among the poorest in a poor state – provides an early reality check on how hard it is to carry out President Donald Trump’s vision of a social safety net that requires most able-bodied people to work, or try to work, in exchange for government health benefits. Nearly 10 months ago, Arkansas became the first state in the nation to impose work requirements on the part of Medicaid that expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Seven other states have the Trump administration’s blessing to begin the same idea… Read full this story
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