The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Opinion

January 18, 2014

Expansion of Medicaid is needed

 

There’s been a great debate about the federal government influencing, nay, sticking its nose into state affairs.

And that debate has evolved into a distrust of the U.S. government by some people – including the leaders of state government, i.e., Gov. Robert Bentley.

The governor even went so far as to use a large part of his State of the State address to criticize the federal government, i.e., President Obama and the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

In the same speech that extolled the virtues of the state’s workers – “… the best workforce in the country is right here in Alabama …” -  the governor said the ACA is “taking our nation deeper into the abyss of debt.”

And, he said, because of the debt, “I cannot expand Medicaid in Alabama.”

He is against expanding Medicaid because, even though the U.S. will pay for it for three years, “how can we believe the federal government?”

“They’ll give us free money for Medicaid expansion,” he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, nothing is free.”

To his credit, the governor did say “we are reforming Medicaid in Alabama.”

That is wonderful and we are for that, but reforming a broken system cannot be accomplished overnight.

In the meantime, the state needs to take advantage of the offer and expand Medicaid to help its citizens.

Time is something we can’t afford to lose.

1
Text Only
Opinion
Photos


Poll

Do you believe America will ever make another manned flight to the moon or another planet?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee