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
I suppose you are too busy to respond to my messages, but nevertheless, I will keep on writing. I was wondering, do you know what it is like to be without health insurance? As a member of the tea party, you probably think that everyone should take care of themselves, and that it is not the government’s responsibility to provide health insurance. You can probably cite me many ideological reasons that the government providing health insurance is wrong headed.
You know Matt, the people whose life will be catastrophically impacted by the loss of health insurance probably do not care about your ideology. They just know that life became that much harder, their lifespan reduced, and the likelihood of losing their home and financial catastrophe increased and that someone with power used that power cause it to be so.
Since you profess to be a Christian, please reflect upon the story of Jesus and the blind man, found in John 9:9-34. The blind man, when asked by the hypocritical pharisees if Jesus was a sinner, said “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Soon, the Kentuckian who has been dropped from the Medicaid rolls will say, when asked if Matt Bevin is an ideologically pure man: “Whether he is ideologically pure or not, I do not know, One thing I do know. I had health insurance and now I do not.”
All the best