Letter misses the point of Obamacare: 44 million need more

No, no, no, I reject both of the premises in Mr. Kinsman’s recent letter to The Citizen (“Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status”).

Firstly, using a government program like Medicaid or CHIP does not predispose one to accepting a “nanny state” environment.

There is nothing insidious in the use of government programs. We pay taxes and all of society benefits from the things we provide to each other with that money.

The parents who I know who use Medicaid or CHIP as their children’s health insurance provider are happy with the access it gives to the healthcare system.

Secondly, Mr. Kinsman laments, “When the healthcare law is fully in effect in 2014, millions of people will be added to the healthcare program under the Medicaid expansion.” With all these previously uninsured people now competing for access to healthcare, Mr. Kinsman fears that many folks “who need healthcare the most will find it harder to get care.”

I think the author misses the point completely regarding the need for a program like Obamacare. All the millions of people, who have suffered without access to the U.S. healthcare system, can now join the rest of us and have access.

The demand for access to doctors will increase and, yes, it will have an impact on all of us. But the alternate is the status quo and that just simply isn’t working for the 44 million people who do not have health insurance.

As to Mr. Kinsman’s point about doctors refusing new Medicaid or CHIP patients, I am also concerned about this. In fact, I would also point out that the same problem is found with Medicare. Ironically, the fix for this is for more people to be using these programs.

Medicare for all? I say yes!

Joanne Killikelly
Fayetteville, Ga.

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We pay taxes and all of society benefits from the things we provide to each other with that money.

Untrue. They don't pay taxes, do they. And I certainly don't feel like I will benefit from adding others to Medicaid.

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The parents who I know who use Medicaid or CHIP as their children’s health insurance provider are happy with the access it gives to the healthcare system.

I bet they are. Beggars can so seldom be choosers. Id be happy if you paid for mine and my childrens healthcare too. How about it Joanne? Shall I start sending you the bill?

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All the millions of people, who have suffered without access to the U.S. healthcare system, can now join the rest of us and have access.

If they suffered at all, they suffered for their own choices in life. They can only join us if we pay for it for them, and suffer the consequence of reduced access and reduced quality of care for ourselves. A price too high for me I'm afraid.

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The demand for access to doctors will increase and, yes, it will have an impact on all of us.

There is something implied in that statement I don't think you realize, but you give away the liberal mindset with it. The rest of us pay for access to doctors. People who want free access to healthcare "demand" access. Exactly how much of someone else's time and livelihood do you think you are entitled to?

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But the alternate is the status quo and that just simply isn’t working for the 44 million people who do not have health insurance.

A grossly inflated and inaccurate number. As evidenced by the enormous LACK of those people signing up for Obamacare.

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As to Mr. Kinsman’s point about doctors refusing new Medicaid or CHIP patients, I am also concerned about this. In fact, I would also point out that the same problem is found with Medicare. Ironically, the fix for this is for more people to be using these programs.

If I charge $50 for a service and the Gov't comes along and tells me that if I take a particular kind of customer, the Gov't will only reimburse me for $15, guess what, I'm not going to take that kind of customer any more. Why would I? Why would anyone? More people using the few doctors that are left to take Medicaid patients will not help, it will put more of a burden on those doctors and they will quit too.

Medicare for all? I say yes!

Joanne Killikelly
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Thank you to The Citizen for publishing my letter online and in print. The Healthcare debate is an important one for our community and our country.

renault314 posted a comment with regard to my letter and I am not surprised by any of his/her remarks, since they are certainly those put forward by the opponents of healthcare reform in the US.

I have a strong belief that the US is a much better country (for all of us) when the middle class is strong and thriving. That takes financial stability and healthcare costs greatly threaten that stability. And it is going to get worse as the Baby Boomers enter old age. A financially secure healthcare system needs everyone in it, not just the old and sick.

renault314 sarcastically asks me if I want to receive his/her family’s medical bills. Actually, I already do receive the bills for uninsured Americans. And so do all the other taxpayers as we pay the inflated hospital costs that are a direct reflection of hospitals running up large bills from uninsured patients.

renault314 says that, “If they suffered at all, they suffered for their own choices in life.” I do wonder for which life choices renault314 would have people suffer the punishment of lack of healthcare. I don’t suppose that renault314 really thinks that the 40 year old mother of two who just was diagnosed with MS and can no longer purchase healthcare is the right one to punish. Or what about the child born to two parents who lose their jobs? Could it be the college grad who goes to work for a small business who doesn’t offer a healthcare plan or maybe it’s the high school grad with the entrepreneurial drive who starts his own lawn service and can’t afford the high cost of a health plan…better be careful on that mower!

Finally, renault314 claims that I presented a “grossly inflated and inaccurate number” of people who do not have healthcare; so I did a little more research on that. I don’t accept that criticism, but I did find a more current figure. According to the US Census as of March 2013 that number should be 46.8 million not the 44 million that I stated. It’s time to fix this problem that is hurting US society. Medicare for all? I say yes!

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Ms. Killikelly

A couple of questions for you,

1. Do you think it is right to force one American to pay for another American's bills? Key action verb here is "force".

2. What do you consider the proper role of government? Is it to protect Rights under the Constitution or forced labor for the benefit of others?

3. If it's the latter, then I suppose that government can just make us pay for everything and they can dole it back out to us, correct?

You do realize that slavery is against God's law?

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