I read your statement saying you oppose Syrian Refugees coming to Kentucky. While your claim of concern for protecting Kentuckians is admirable, it rings disingenuous since you favor dropping Medicaid expansion. How many more Kentuckians will die because Medicaid is rolled back? If you really want to protect Kentuckians, reconsider your plans on Medicaid expansion.
All the best
Sometimes tough budget choices have to be made. I get that. We cannot spend indiscriminately. However, real people with real lives are impacted by your proposed health care changes, so I would challenge you to personally meet with at least 10 families who will be impacted by the major changes you propose to the Kentucky health care system before you act. Meet with them and explain to them why you and your family will continue to enjoy the health care you have always enjoyed, while they and their families will have their lives turned around for the worst.
Do you have the courage to do this?
Homage to Medicaid
Congratulations for being elected governor. I am writing to you in hopes that you are willing to listen to a point of view that conflicts with with your own. I believe that you may be assuming too much based on your election as governor. Do you really think that those who voted for you were enthusiastic about every policy you espoused during the campaign? I think it is possible that many who opposed same sex marriage may have voted for you based solely on your position on the issue. Many Medicaid recipients who will be impacted by your plan to roll back Medicaid expansion may well have voted for you based on their dislike for the President and their dislike for gays. You should at least be astute enough to test public opinion on the Medicaid issue. You may find that once the public understands that their friends and family are going to be impacted, your presumed mandate on the issue will evaporate.
You argue that the state cannot afford Medicaid expansion. I commend you on your concern for balancing the books. Let me point out, however, that there is a huge human cost that the state will have to bear if Medicaid expansion is rolled back. So I would ask you to look at this issue from a different point of view. Suppose one of your children came down with cancer. Further suppose that you were uninsured, and living from paycheck to paycheck. Would you prevent your child from getting the best possible treatment because you could not afford it? Or would you move heaven and earth to be able to pay for the needed treatment?
As governor, you must move heaven and earth to make sure we can afford to keep Medicaid expansion. It is the only compassionate option.
Take it easy