Poorest Americans suffer most from Medicaid fight

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  • Updated: October 5, 2013 - 5:02 PM

It is outrageous that millions of the poorest people in the country will be denied health insurance because of decisions made mostly by Republican governors and legislators. These people will neither qualify for their state’s Medicaid program for the poor nor for subsidized coverage on new insurance exchanges that are being established in every state by the health care reform law.

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pumiceOct. 5, 13 6:24 PM

This statement from the article says it all: "[M]ore than half of the uninsured low-wage workers live in [the 26 states which would "rather turn down incredibly generous federal funds that would finance 100 percent of the expansion costs for three years and at least 90 percent thereafter than offer a helping hand to their most vulnerable residents"]. And for that sorry state of affairs, kidsrock123, you can express your gratitude to the NRTWF.

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bernice3Oct. 6, 1312:56 AM

I believe it would have been no more difficult to pass a single payer, universal health care system than it was to pass the Affordable Care Act. The ACA received no Republican votes and has been under attack by the Tea Party types ever since, as would single payer have been, but in the end would have triumphed, as will the ACA. No longer could any American be denied access to health care (preventive and curative rather than just emergency room care) and we would save at least $400 billion per year besides. Only ideology prevents this superior solution from being enacted at the national level where right-wing governors and legislatures could not undermine it.

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theagonybhoOct. 6, 1310:59 AM

pumice, You do realize the Federal government is broke, so broke its about to default. The ACA will weight down an already broke country big time and as to single payer, i think the ACA was never intended to work, it was the start in the direction of eventually getting single payer . Next time your in Canada ask how much they like having 40% come out of thier pay and ask how they like the coverage.

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pumiceOct. 6, 13 1:52 PM

Re: "Next time you[]'r[e] in Canada ask how much they like having 40% come out of [their] pay and ask how they like the coverage." Is there a movement in Canada to repeal the 1984 Canada Health Act and replace it with the US free-market-deny-delay-drop system? Is there such a movement in any developed nation???

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theagonybhoOct. 6, 13 4:51 PM

Pumice, The average Canadian family pays about 48 percent of its income in taxes each year, partly to fund the health care system. Rates vary from province to province, but Ontario, the most populous, spends roughly 40 percent of every tax dollar on health care, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. The system is going broke, says the federation, which campaigns for tax reform and private enterprise in health care. It calculates that at present rates, Ontario will be spending 85 percent of its budget on health care by 2035. "We can't afford a state monopoly on health care anymore," says Tasha Kheiriddin, Ontario director of the federation. "We have to examine private alternatives as well. An estimated 4 million of Canada's 33 million people don't have family physicians and more than 1 million are on waiting lists for treatment, according to the Canadian Medical Association. Meanwhile, some 200 physicians head to the United States each year, attracted by lower taxes and better working conditions. I cant wait.

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