‘Scan­dalous’ vote

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Dear ed­i­tor:

On Nov. 3, the United States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed a mea­sure to ex­tend the Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram. The pro­gram is won­der­ful, as it helps chil­dren from lower-in­come fam­i­lies re­ceive the med­i­cal care that they de­serve.

How­ever, that same cour­tesy isn’t ex­tended to the dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als, el­derly in­di­vid­u­als, sin­gle par­ents or any of the 70-plus mil­lion peo­ple in our coun­try on Med­i­caid and Medi­care. In or­der to ex­tend the pro­gram for an­other five years, the bill that the House passed au­tho­rizes cuts from Med­i­caid and Medi­care at $1 tril­lion and $500 mil­lion, re­spec­tively, over the next 10 years. This is a bold­faced af­front to ev­ery­thing that our na­tion stands for.

It is my be­lief that pro­vid­ing health care is manda­tory, but not at the ex­pense of the dis­abled and geri­atric. The fact that our own con­gress­man, Bruce Wester­man, voted for this mea­sure is scan­dalous. Hid­ing be­hind chil­dren for the sake of cut­ting so­cial ser­vices pro­grams is a not only cruel and un­usual, it will put blood on the hands of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives that passed the bill.

It’s time to vote the peo­ple out who are only look­ing out for special in­ter­ests. This was an at­tempt to kill two birds with one stone, and if it passes the Se­nate, it will have worked. Brian McIn­tyre, 27 Hot Springs

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