Medicaid expansion will save lives in Kentucky
Kudos to Kentucky and Arkansas, the only Southern states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
The New York Times recently reported that 68 percent of African Americans and 67 percent of single mothers will be excluded from the Medicaid insurance they could have had if their state had expanded the program.
Given that the federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first few years and 90 percent after that, I believe racism is a big reason for the refusal of other states to expand the program.
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As Mississippi physician Dr. Aaron Shirley said of his state, "Politicians have used race to oppose minimum wage, Head Start, all these social programs. It's a tactic that appeals to people who would rather suffer themselves than see a black person benefit."
In 2010 the New England Journal of Medicine reported that mortality was 6.1 percent lower in states that expanded Medicaid coverage beyond the federal requirement.
States that refuse to expand Medicaid are consigning thousands of Americans a year to preventable deaths.
Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty
Kentucky representatives Andy Barr and Hal Rogers voted to slash $39 billion from the SNAP program.
This would remove millions of low income individuals from receiving food assistance.
Rogers cast this vote even though four of the 10 poorest counties in this country are in his district and Kentucky's poverty rate has risen to over 19 percent.
Kentucky may be better off without representatives at all.
Bad planning decisions
In regards to a recent letter regarding the Lexington council's rubber-stamping of Planning Commission rulings: You can see the negative results all over town.
Is the new shopping center at Nicholasville Road and Man O' War Boulevard viable or really needed? It will most certainly have a negative impact on traffic. Did the Planning Commission observe the area at 3 a.m.? Based on my driving experiences at that intersection, that would be my conclusion.
Lexington has enough shopping venues with many empty spaces. It seems that the feelings of the citizenry are disregarded — more so, if you live in an area that is less affluent than some.
Lexington's charm is being whittled down bit by bit because there is little thought in what is really good for the citizens and not just the developers.
Handouts all around
Ain't this a great country?
No money for home care providers, same for health care for vets. Lowered the plan coverage.
Can't build bridges without a toll. Congress gets paid for nothing. We have millions for Egypt, Israel and whoever else has their hand out. And boy can we grease that palm.
A recent letter, "We've lost compassion," resorts to the political blame game instead of reality. Every working man and woman is giving $1 a week from their pay to fight poverty and much more.
Where does he think the money for food stamps, Section 8 housing, SSI, free cell phones, WIC, free health care, etc., is coming from? It is from the taxpayers who work hard every day to earn their wages, Republicans and Democrats.
The real problem is that these programs are not screened properly and much of the taxpayer's money is wasted.
There will always be homeless people and there will always be the poor. Much of this is due to drug and alcohol addiction and idleness. Can we do more to help? Yes, but taxpayers would like to end the graft and corruption in these entitlement programs.
I am an American and a patriot, and I am very compassionate. I am also angry and sad about the turn this country has taken when so many people don't see the point in working anymore when they can get so much free stuff.
That attitude is what is really taking the food out of our children's mouths.
Carol Goodman Taylor
Trouble at the Inn
Want to know what you can expect if the Catholic Action Center has its way and puts the Wayfinder on the west side of town?
Take it from someone who has lived close to the Community Inn on Winchester Road for more than two years. You can expect groups of 20 to 30 men loitering for hours; you can expect requests for money, food, cigarettes and to be asked to borrow your cell phone because they just got out of jail, spent the night at the Inn and need to call for a ride. You can expect peeping Toms who will scurry away when you go to investigate.
You can expect transient men to make a beeline to your community for the free lodging, no questions asked, sobriety-optional, no registration or background check required. The Inn even provides a spotter each night, a member of the staff will observe them, one hour after lights out, because some of them are so drunk they may need assistance.
The Community Inn cares deeply about the safety and well-being of its guests; it cares nothing about nearby residents.
Here is a bizarre thing you can expect: adult-sized footprints on top of your car. That is odd; the car was parked next to the bedroom window of an 18-year-old female. Could it be someone needed a better look?
I read the story on Oct. 7 concerning Europe's proposed ban on tobacco additives and the possible negative impact on Kentucky tobacco. It quoted tobacco farmer and newly elected state representative Jonathan Shell of Lancaster, as saying, "It's a person's responsibility to govern their own body and their own health." And that "no government . . . should be allowed to . . . try to modify the private behavior of individuals."
Yet Shell's recent campaign for office never failed to mention, at every opportunity, that he was "100 percent" anti-abortion. So apparently Shell feels that he has every right to try to force his anti-abortion agenda upon others through government intervention but, as a liberty-loving American, he cannot tolerate any government attempt to discourage tobacco usage and the disease and death related to it.
Shell also remarked that tobacco had "paid for my college." I would suggest that tobacco money was wasted as he apparently didn't learn what a hypocrite was or how not to be one.
Health care hash
Tom Eblen's recent column about Obamacare rehashed all the liberal talking points.
He offered nothing new. Also, don't use general terms concerning polls. Indicate which poll, when it was taken and the actual percentages in the responses.