BOYD HALSTEAD: Medicaid Expansion bill doesn’t seem very sensible

To the editor,

Yes, as a result of passage of the Medicaid Expansion Bill, 470,000 more Michigan working residents lacking insurance would eventually have health insurance.

But wait, there is a legislative flaw in the bill. GOP legislators have written in the bill that there would be a delay in the enactment of the bill. This would mean that the state would lose $7,000,000 a day for each day the expansion bill is delayed. Of course, the needy would not get health insurance during that period either (possibly three months). That would be rejecting a possible $670,000,000 from the Federal Government just because of the delay in coverage.

Now, what reasons could the Republican Legislative members possibly have for rejecting 670 million?

It could be:

1. They really want a delay in coverage for the needy, because they do not want the needy to have this health insurance — period. Sen. Darwin Booher, our state senator, was not one who supported the original bill, stating that a bill of this type was an “over-reach” of government. No help for the uninsured from him.

2. Republicans do not like the Affordable Care Act — it is the law, however, with its blessings and some of its needed revisions.

3. Republicans do not like President Obama — therefore, anything connected to him they will reject — he is the president for the next three and a half years, no one can change that.

Several more reasons could be listed why the Republican Legislative members wanted a delay for health care coverage for hard-working Michiganders. It seems to me very political, and not very sensible.

Boyd Halstead
Big Rapids

 

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