Don’t cut Med­i­caid

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Cut­ting Med­i­caid is bad for Arkansas! Med­i­caid spend­ing cre­ates good health-care jobs, gets sick peo­ple quickly back to work, saves fam­i­lies from pay­ing Grandma’s health costs, and helps poor chil­dren grow into pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens. It’s a pub­lic in­vest­ment that in­fuses bil­lions of dol­lars into our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.

Just last year, to­tal Med­i­caid spend­ing in Arkansas was about $6 bil­lion, and the Feds paid 90 per­cent of that money. Take away the par­ti­san politics and I think you’ll see that ev­ery­body in Arkansas ben­e­fits from this pro­gram.

If you care about the qual­ity of life in Arkansas, you should de­mand more Med­i­caid spend­ing, not less. CH­ERYL WOODARD

Lit­tle Rock

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