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Medicaid

April 3, 2013

Dear editor: Pennsylvania needs to move forward and expand health care coverage today! Thanks to the new health care law, we can accept $43....

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Backwoods

Apr-03-13 7:31 AM

Where does the Fed. get its money? How much more debit came we stand before the bubble bursts? What are the consequences in the long run if this so-called free money is accepted? So many lies are being told and there are to many un-known’s that caution should be exercised before accepting any federal monies. This so-called “affordable health care act” is anything but affordable!!!

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colorado

Apr-03-13 8:06 AM

There is no such thing as free money. It is just the government taking out tax money and giving it to others. This so called government funding is also only for a few years then the states are responsible for it. You can't give 30 million people an expensive service they didn't have before without taking additional money from the taxpayers or borrowing from China. That kind of thinking is why we are 17 trillion in debt.

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Lifelongresident

Apr-03-13 8:10 AM

Karen really? In your letter you stating we should spend $43 Billion to save $800 Million. Somehow I must be missing something.

Funds from the Feds isn't free! We the tax payers have to fund that $43 billion.

Karen if your household was way over it's head in debt would you continue to borrow and spend our would you curtail your spending? Just wondering.

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AnotherOpinion

Apr-03-13 8:42 AM

"Free" healthcare isn't free. We will all be paying through the nose for it.

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MTOMTO

Apr-03-13 10:25 AM

It's called an unfunded mandate which is exactly what the affordable care act turns into for the states after the feds bribe them to opt in with the initial payments.

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garypayton

Apr-03-13 12:16 PM

Yeah! I got mine, so screw the working poor! WWJD?

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st0newa11

Apr-03-13 7:18 PM

"Free" healthcare isn't free. We will all be paying through the nose for it...EXCEPT for those on MEDICAID. Recommendation: spend an afternoon at the WGH ER. See how many MEDICAID folks show up with "life threatening" emergencies. Kids with colds, scraped knees, etc. They go to the ER because they don't have to pay anything. It's much more convenient that scheduling an office visit. Working poor, my butt. They should have a 3 strikes and your out rule. Mis-use the ER 3 times and you lose your "entitlement" forever.

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garypayton

Apr-03-13 7:29 PM

See how many MEDICAID folks show up with "life threatening" emergencies. Kids with colds, scraped knees, etc.

I keep hearing that, but it's always anecdotal. No supporting documentation or data. By and large, it's simply not true. Just like it's not true that gay dudes are hot for straight guys.

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MTOMTO

Apr-04-13 8:19 AM

"Just like it's not true that gay dudes are hot for straight guys."

It is true. I get hit on all the time.

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MTOMTO

Apr-04-13 9:11 AM

"Yeah! I got mine, so screw the working poor! WWJD?"

Well, when this fully kicks in, I think that the next generation can kiss goodbye a 40 hour work week. If a company has an average work week across all employees of 29.5 hours, they are not required to provide insurance. This pushes the responsibility to the employee to either buy their own or pay the tax penalty. How is that for helping with the working poor? And don't blame the big bad companies, that's the way the law is written.

You know where they have a similar system and less than a 40 hour work week? Greece! Seems to be working out really well there, right?

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garypayton

Apr-04-13 2:03 PM

Moto - I think you're hot.

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MTOMTO

Apr-04-13 2:21 PM

Here we go again!

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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garypayton

Apr-04-13 5:24 PM

Of course not!

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st0newa11

Apr-04-13 8:47 PM

GP, for YOU it may be anecdotal. I have seen WITH MY OWN EYES the abuse in the ER. NOT hearsay. Common cold and "migraine" headaches. If you know someone who works in healthcare, ask them. They'll give you the real story.

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garypayton

Apr-05-13 11:43 AM

You've seen it all, eh? I know healthcare providers myself. They don't endorse your broad brush approach to culling the poor by denying then basic healthcare. I don't believe you.

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