Republicans Say: “Poor and on Medicaid? Drop Dead”

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Republicans want to get rid of Medicaid, the program which provides healthcare for our poorest Americans. They claim that it’s broken. This forces me to ask a question; why is it that programs which aid Americans who are most in need are always broken, and the military can waste 50 percent of its annual budget, but receives a raise each year? Is anyone surprised that the United States is rated 14th in the world in ‘quality of life?’

Without Medicaid, or even with large reductions in funding, many of Trump’s own supporters would lose their healthcare. Without Medicaid, the poor would have no coverage for mental illness.

Now for the truth; here’s the main reason Republicans want to revoke Medicaid. 57 percent of black children receive their healthcare through Medicaid. Overall, more African Americans use the services Medicaid provides than whites because of unemployment, and lower paying jobs as the result of lower levels of education.

Not that it matters to Republicans, but Medicaid recipients are very happy with their coverage. Nearly eight out of 10 highly approve of their care and treatment.

“If nearly half the people are giving it nearly a perfect score, that’s pretty good,” says Michael Barnett, a researcher in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard’s Chan School. “There aren’t a lot of services that we get for anything, government or not, where you’d give it a perfect score.”

Leave it to Republicans to destroy something which works well, and works well for minorities. If they revoke Medicaid, they can give another huge cut to the one-percent. It’s their support of special interests which is the basis for the label ‘entitlements.’ Social programs which benefit the majority in Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany or other countries are not given such a demeaning label. I believe that taxes should be returned to the people to ensure that the quality of life for all Americans is improved. America has 585 billionaires, and 15.7 million, millionaires. Income inequality is a growing problem.

I’m certain that you often hear that ‘America is the richest nation in the world.’ It’s true, but you don’t experience the advantages of all of that wealth unless you are in the top 10 percent of wage earners.

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” Confucius

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Op-ed by James Turnage


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