Letters to the editor, March 4
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Updated: April 5, 2013 6:02AM
Expanding Medicaid is the right thing for state to do
Regardless of how one feels about
the politics of health care reform, there are good reasons to feel optimistic
about the changes now taking place
as a result of the law. More people will have access to insurance coverage through the establishment of health
insurance marketplaces, and many
will be able to take advantage of tax credits to afford this new coverage. Indiana’s unfinished business now is to decide whether to take advantage of federal funds to provide care for more low-income, working Hoosiers through Medicaid.
Accepting this funding is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do.
A recent report from the University
of Nebraska Medical Center’s Center
for Health Policy finds that expanding Indiana’s Medicaid program would generate up to $3.4 billion in new economic activity and would support more than 30,000 new jobs. Perhaps most importantly, it will provide more than 406,000 Hoosiers with access to potentially
life-saving preventive care and treatment.
Accepting this funding will also put our hard-earned tax dollars to work right here in Indiana. If Indiana chooses not to take advantage of the billions of federal dollars available to us — dollars we all pay in federal taxes — that money will go to provide health insurance coverage in other states that do expand, including surrounding states like Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois.
The recent decision by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to support Medicaid expansion — the seventh Republican governor to do so — underscores that this is an issue that transcends political affiliation and ideology. We urge Gov. Pence and members of the Indiana General Assembly to recognize that expanding Medicaid is good for all of us.
Covering Kids and Families of Indiana
Daniels’ actions as governor not friendly to education
I would like to comment on Gov. Mitch Daniel’s accomplishments during his eight-year tenure.
Originally, he opposed the right-to-work bill. After promising the Operating Engineers union local he would not vote for the bill, he did. Once a liar, always a liar.
In public education, he cut $400 million from the operating funds to run the schools, leaving communities to beg in referendums for a tax increase.
He is known not to value the traditional values of education, cutting requirements to teach and coming up with charter schools, which so far have no value.
He was appointed president of Purdue University by the board of trustees he appointed. Will they suffer in purgatory?
He recently stated “The value of
education has decreased while the price has increased.” Mitch does not “walk on water.”
Paul E. Hook