Letters to the editor, March 14
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Updated: April 15, 2013 6:07AM
Obama needs to start cutting budget to save our future
Our campaigner-in-chief is at it again. He is proving again that governance is a skill set beyond his core competency. Nothing is ever his fault — more than four years into his train wreck of an experiment. He promised change and we’re getting it but it’s no good. He uses boldface lies, the ignorance of the American electorate, a complicit media that have refused to dig for the truth, to propagandize and indict Republicans as the problem.
His battle cry uses words like “fair share” and “shared sacrifice” but this is code speak for let’s raise revenues (taxes) now and promise spending cuts later, which he has no intention of implementing. He is the little boy who cried wolf. He wanted the sequestration cuts initially but now doesn’t want them anymore. I guess “shared sacrifice” applies to everyone except government.
Obama disingenuously claims to have reduced the deficit by $2.5 trillion but conveniently fails to mention it was in projected deficits, not actual deficits. This sort of action (cutting spending) is what normal people do when they are living beyond their means, and by that measurement I would say he hasn’t done nearly enough. Why can’t we ask that our government conduct its affairs the same way any sage human being would if revenues were being outpaced by expenditures?
What we need is a president and representatives who will do what’s right for our entire country and not just special interests. President Obama, stop campaigning, you already won the election. If you care about our country please pick up the book “Governing for Dummies” — read, learn and apply.
We can have quality health care for all if state approves
Do you know anyone who has had to file bankruptcy because of medical bills? Do you ever have to choose between medicine and paying your rent or utility bill? Indiana has an opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage for up to 450,000 low-income Hoosiers. In addition to improving people’s health, Medicaid expansion is expected to create 30,000 skilled, good-paying jobs. Medicaid expansion will help reduce insurance premiums we all pay through cost-shifts resulting from the uninsured. Our federal tax dollars will provide 100 percent of the funding for this expansion in the first three years and at least 90 percent of the costs in the future.
Indiana Coalition for Human Services believes state health policy should prioritize access to quality, affordable health care for all. We believe all Hoosiers benefit from having healthier residents and taking advantage of opportunities to leverage federal dollars in our state. If you want the state to act on the single most important issue other than the budget this legislative session, let policymakers know you want them to prioritize Medicaid expansion. Tell them you want our federal tax dollars spent here in Indiana.