Letter: No reason for expanding Medicaid in Virginia
Posted on Feb 05, 2014 - 01:03 PM Printer Friendly View
I believe that all responsible citizens who genuinely want to see medical help for those truly in need are accommodated. And in looking over the past 10 years, our commonwealth has done an excellent job of taking care of responsible people in need who enjoy the same doctors and medical care as private insurance or Medicare would provide.
There is absolutely no reason for the Commonwealth of Virginia to jump on the federal Medicaid expansion when questions come up all the time about the presence of federal programs absent the clear thinking and affordability to make it a workable solution. The federal government has doused and misled all Americans on the present health care program initiated last year, and as Ms. Pelosi said, we need to pass the law so we will know what it’s all about, and that has been the furthest from the truth.
The federal government now says they’re going to pay 100 percent of this program for a given period of time, and then go to 90 percent. With the imminent bankruptcy of the federal government and their shoddy implementation and follow-up responses to simple questions, it would be asinine for our present governor to endorse it, or our legislators to subscribe to something that is just another “pie in the sky,” irresponsible unfunded expenditure masquerading as a gift to the state.
I am proud of Virginia. Over the years, we think before we spend and that is exactly the reason we are not a debt-ridden state as are many across the country.
Let’s take the time to reform our program for the needy and indigent with some expectation from their end toward improving their health care generally at a predictable cost, and address existing problems in the context of affordability for the hard working, taxpaying citizens of our commonwealth. We will be glad to have learned the difference between desirability and affordability and make realistic needs realities as a state that has valued a strong financial accountability over the past decades.
David L. Peebles