We have to fight past the temptation to look at the poor as taking advantage of anything. We are marginalized and the few people that are "gaming the system" are no different than anyone else doing it in other area's. You deal with them without punishing the majority. That is part of the foundation of this great country I love. Even our President has acknowledged that he has "gamed every system" he has been a part of. So the hypocrisy on such an important need is very hard to swallow.
Here was my letter to the editor
As I sit reflecting on Sen. McCain's death this morning I am drawn to his kindness. His (in)famous "thumbs down" rekindled my hope in humanity. He stood up and protected what he believed was best for humanity in spite of party.
As the healthcare debate began to rage on, states were forced to decide if they would accept the Federal Government's offer of Medicaid Expansion. Kansas declined which allowed them to set their own income maximums for adults to be insured from being able to make over $30,000/year while maintaining coverage, to a maximum of $789/month.
This creates an insurmountable chasm for many people. Let's dismiss the myth that those on public assistance are getting rich. It's a fallacy yet if someone hears I have Medicaid at the Doctor, or sees me with my food card, I get looks. We eat out about 3 times year. New clothes for us begin at thrift stores. Christmas is provided through the county.
I live with shame everyday. Then some legislator living off tax dollars and with premier insurance decides that a welfare to work program is the way to go. In Kansas its accomplished by lowering the allowable income in the home.
I would die in the street or be in the ER 4x a month. Guess who pays that? You do. Higher deductibles, co-pays, premiums. They have to recoup the uncompensated care. Rural hospitals can not afford to operate without it. Farmers are uninsured.
Medicaid is not a handout- its a hand up. Now that is a Kansan trait.
I still have hope that America regains its humanity.