When Gov. Tomblin should agree to expand
Medicaid under Obamacare as would make no sense to refuse.
Under Obamacare families earning up to
138%of the federal poverty level would be covered under Medicaid. In West Virginia
this would mean providing insurance cover for 120,000 "working poor" and
another report suggests that health care will be provided for 2600 uninsured
military spouses of West Virginia.
For the first year the federal government
would pay 100% and thereafter 90%, all in all,the Affordable Health Care would
bring $500 million to West Virginia while creating 6,200 new jobs.
Religious leaders, human rights backers, labor groups and
others have been rallying for Medicaid expansion. Hospitals and doctors want
it; because it would pay bills they now must write off as charity work.
Charleston physician Dan Foster -- a former
state senator and this newspaper's West Virginian of the Year -- said it's
cruel for "working poor" families to be denied care when their
children are sick or hurt. "Of all the forms of injustice, inequality in
health care is the most shocking and inhumane," he said.
There are some states that have been blocking
Medicaid expansion as they feel it is it is power grab for Obamacare, an example
for this is Rick Perry, Gov. of Texas, which seems unfair to deny health care
to millions of eligible citizens.
expansion represents an unprecedented opportunity to offer access to health
care to millions of vulnerable Americans in our communities. It's the pragmatic
-- and moral -- thing to do."
Hannah Punitha (IRDA
Licence Number: 2710062)
Sunday Gazzette Mail, April 2013