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Letter: It’s disheartening to see GOP attacking Medicaid

It’s disheartening to see GOP attacking Medicaid

Once again, the Republicans are attacking Medicaid. One has to wonder why they’re so focused on making life more difficult for the poorest and most helpless. Guidance just issued to the states would permit compelling work for eligibility for Medicaid, but the great majority of Medicaid recipients are either children, seniors in nursing homes, or people who are seriously disabled or already working at low-paying jobs.

Personally, I am relatively unaffected, but the casual ignorance and cruelty of this move disgusts me. Can anyone with human values and a shred of empathy actually agree that we need to make those who are already struggling to survive in this country face even more obstacles as we concurrently provide huge tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans?

From a purely practical viewpoint, how much more of our health care expenditures are going to be wasted on yet another attempt to “police” the threshold for health care insurance? We already have much of our premium spent on “cherry picking” and excluding those who don’t meet the requirements for various insurance programs.

Those billions could easily make Americans’ lives so much better by establishing a universal health insurance program funded by our progressive tax system while eliminating private insurance premiums, copays and deductibles and covering everyone with basic health insurance.

It seems bizarre to me that people should have to “qualify” to be eligible for welfare that they clearly would prefer not to require. Check out the New York Health Act at

Richard Clements


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