Medicaid Expansion

Letter to the editor Orlando Sentinel April 10, 2015 6:00 am

 

Please bring our tax dollars back to Florida

Many Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives oppose accepting $51 billion from the U.S. government to expand Medicaid because they fear that Florida, many years from now, may be asked to fund the program on its own.

Under that reasoning, a young person should turn down his or her parents offer to pay for college because they might need some help to pay for the fourth year. Surely, a wise and responsible student would gladly accept the money and find a way to contribute to the cost if necessary. This is especially true if the student had already contributed his own funds to the college fund.

Florida taxpayers have already paid, and will continue to pay, for Medicaid expansion. Why should our tax dollars be diverted to other states?

Like a college education, Medicaid expansion is a good thing. It would provide health care to over 750,000 Floridians who currently fall within the coverage gap ” with income too high to qualify for traditional Medicaid, but too low to qualify for a subsidy through the health insurance marketplace. It would create an estimated 71,000 good-paying jobs in the medical field. It would give hospitals funding to offset the LIP funds set to expire on June 30.

Floridians are tired of overcrowded emergency rooms, of a stagnant economy and of the human suffering caused by the coverage gap. Florida senators understand this and have voted unanimously to expand Medicaid. Please contact your representative today and urge him or her to do the same. Florida cannot afford to lose another year of these precious funds.

Jane Hepting,

Leesburg

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