The Rogue Speaks:
In August of 2012, Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal announced that he would not expand the Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. He was firm that he would not take federal money to expand the state-based program which would provide approximately 650,000 low-income Georgians with health coverage in 2014. His reason? That it would be too expensive.
(Now we all know that's not the real reason, don't we!! If the Affordable Care Act had been created by a Republican administration, Deal would be all for it. Unfortunately, the Republicans have said that should they come into power, the first thing they will do is repeal what they refer to as "Obamacare.")
Can anyone put a dollar amount on just how much a life is worth? Is my life worth more than the life of someone on Medicaid? My answer to that is NO, and here is why:
Our nephew Matt is dying of congestive heart failure. He is 32 years old. He has suffered from this disease for MANY years, and is now hospitalized, and needing a heart transplant. His father died from this disease when he was only 35.
Matt is dearly loved by his big family. He is smart, spiritual, loving, funny, helpful, and very, very ill. He was able to work for a while, and sometimes had two jobs, until his condition began to seriously deteriorate, and he had to go on disability. Even that has not stopped him. He enrolled in college classes, determined to better himself. But those days are now over.
Matt is on Medicaid. Have you ever known personally someone on Medicaid? I'll bet Governor Deal has not. He hasn't a clue as to just what that means to a person who is struggling to survive and become a productive citizen.
I hear talk all the time about " those people who use the system," and how taxpayers are paying for those folks' health care. Matt is not one of "those people." He is a member of our family. If you had a beloved family member who was seriously ill and on Medicaid, just how much would it be worth to you to see him get the help he needed? What if your own contribution could never be enough?
It has been said that America is a "great nation" because it is always ready to help out countries in need. Just what is the difference between the citizens of those countries and our own citizens? Do many of those citizens "work the system?" How do we know? We have been told that "charity begins at home," and America is our home. Too bad that our home has become so dysfunctional that it can't help its own people in their time of need.