We’re en­ti­tled to that

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

For decades now Democrats have be­lieved that all peo­ple are en­ti­tled to cer­tain ben­e­fits. Even the U.S. Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence lists life, lib­erty, and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness as un­alien­able rights, and that the gov­ern­ment is de­signed to se­cure these rights. Repub­li­cans, on the other hand, want gov­ern­ment out of ev­ery­one’s rights and busi­ness.

Demo­cratic Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt of­fered his Sec­ond Bill of Rights which guar­an­teed em­ploy­ment, farm­ers’ rights, hous­ing, med­i­cal care, So­cial Se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion, and free­dom from mo­nop­o­lies. Repub­li­cans want the free mar­ket to han­dle all these things. In 1965, Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son and his Democrats gave us Medi­care and Med­i­caid.

To­day Democrats agree that Amer­i­cans are en­ti­tled to Med­i­caid, Medi­care, So­cial Se­cu­rity, un­em­ploy­ment and wel­fare pro­grams. Repub­li­cans are try­ing to un­ravel and pri­va­tize these pro­grams. Here in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchin­son and his Repub­li­cans prac­ti­cally kicked 60,000 Arkansans off Med­i­caid. Hutchin­son says these poor Arkansans will buy health in­surance on the “Oba­macare” mar­ket, which Repub­li­cans are try­ing to de­stroy. Mean­while, health providers across Arkansas have lost 60,000 cus­tomers.

To make mat­ters worse, Hutchin­son has also signed a puni­tive act to re­move a tax ex­emp­tion on un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits. Newly un­em­ployed health pro­fes­sion­als will be less likely to ex­ist on un­em­ploy­ment in­come. It seems more than half a mil­lion more poor and un­for­tu­nate Arkansans are tar­geted for fu­ture ne­glect. Repub­li­cans will not al­low these peo­ple to live, be free, and pur­sue hap­pi­ness. GENE MA­SON Jack­sonville

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