Letters to the Editor

Letter: State in charge?

April 6, 2014

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To the editor:

The Journal-World is a wonderful conduit for state and local news. The April 2 edition was particularly informative.

On page 5A we read “Republicans continue to reject Medicaid expansion” with an additional caption: “Medicaid provides coverage for the needy and disabled. Under the ACA (Obamacare), federal funds (to which Kansans contribute) would pay 100 percent of the cost of expansion for three years and no less than 90 percent after that.”

Since very few adults currently are eligible for Kansas Medicaid and those eligible for the Medicaid expansion being rejected are not eligible for subsidized health insurance through the ACA exchanges, those most in need of assistance are completely left out. The Kansas Legislature’s approach to health care for the poor is simply to not provide it.

On page 3A: “Legislators could be in charge of health care programs” with the caption: “Senate OKs inclusion into an interstate compact against Obamacare.” The article goes on to explain that the compact, if it goes into effect, would allow the Legislature to abolish the ACA, which provides affordable access to health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions not covered under employer’s plans, but also would give them control over Medicare.

If the Legislature is willing to write off the poor to save a buck, what would make anyone think they would leave the benefits for the self-employed and seniors intact. Wake up, people, before it’s too late, and replace these irresponsible leaders with people who actually care about the people they represent.

Comments

Scott Burkhart 1 year, 1 month ago

The trade off is to enslave the populace with taxes to support medicaid so you can make a buck, Dr. Bruner.

Sheldon Weisgrau 1 year, 1 month ago

Enslave? A little over the top, don't you think? Because even if we have to pay higher taxes - which is by no means a given - that's the same as having someone else own you and control all aspects of your life. Right?

Shouting "slavery" or "tyranny" about everything you don't agree with or don't understand is equivalent to sticking your fingers in your ears and humming. It certainly isn't discussion or debate.

Chris Scafe 1 year, 1 month ago

Yeah, because the profit margins with medicaid patients are huge, right Scott?

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