Health care bill’s con­se­quences for Med­i­caid re­cip­i­ents

Re: “The faces of Med­i­caid,” July 9 news story.

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE -

I want to thank The Den­ver Post for your story putting a face to Med­i­caid. I have worked in the field of hu­man ser­vices for some 25 years. Work­ing for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, mostly peo­ple with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties and those suf­fer­ing from trau­matic brain in­juries, I can at­test to the pos­i­tive re­sults of pro­vid­ing the oneon-one ser­vices Med­i­caid pro­vides.

I would sug­gest that our rep­re­sen­ta­tives spend a day or more in the com­pany of a fam­ily with a mem­ber cur­rently re­ceiv­ing Med­i­caid ben­e­fits. I would fur­ther sug­gest that Don­ald Trump’s base let him know that this is not what they signed on for. And I would ask ev­ery voter and mem­bers of Congress to keep in mind that there for the grace of God go I. De­nis Gess­ing, Cas­tle Rock

Thanks for the very in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle, in­clud­ing per­sonal con­se­quences of what would hap­pen if the current Se­nate health care bill is passed. Af­ter read­ing your ar­ti­cle, how could any­one vote for that bill? Send this ar­ti­cle to your sen­a­tors, no mat­ter where you live. Call or write them and ask them for a bill that af­ford­ably cov­ers all Amer­i­cans, no tricks, no hid­den tax cuts, no cut­ting mil­lions off health care in­sur­ance. In these trou­bled times, it is the voices of con­stituents that will carry the day for all Amer­i­cans. Wil­lie Dick­er­son, Sno­homish, Wash.

Yes, yes, I know — all those folks with phys­i­cal and/or men­tal dis­abil­i­ties who may lose their Med­i­caid. I don’t want that to hap­pen ei­ther. But how about the many able-bod­ied Med­i­caid en­rollees who don’t have a job or the fact that 45 per­cent of ba­bies born in Amer­ica ev­ery year are to mothers who are cov­ered by Med­i­caid?

These folks may be el­i­gi­ble for Med­i­caid be­cause of their low in­come, but much of that con­di­tion is the re­sult of poor de­ci­sions and choices made by them­selves. I don’t see why I, as a tax­payer, should be pay­ing for some­one else’s bad choices. Choices come with con­se­quences and it’s about time these folks were re­spon­si­ble for their own. Har­riet Rosen, Den­ver

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