Letter: It’s common sense
The Senate wants to take a year and a half and a couple hundred thousand of your tax dollars to study Medicaid expansion. Perhaps senators should take an hour and a half and read the studies already written on this topic before they throw away more of your tax dollars.
We need leadership in New Hampshire, not politicians who cower behind expensive studies. A self-employed small-business owner or a working-class family understands what a catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenditure (greater than 30 percent of annual income) is like. I know I do. Expanding Medicaid could address this situation and provide health insurance to 58,000 New Hampshire residents who can’t afford insurance or work for companies that don’t offer health insurance and up to 2,300 uninsured veterans and their spouses.
People without insurance get sick. When they get sick, they go to the emergency room. They receive care. This care is not free; it is paid for by all of us in the form of higher insurance rates. We can continue this practice or we can control health care costs using the Medicaid system. Let’s accept $2.5 billion to help New Hampshire taxpayers. Don’t give that money away to another state! Accepting Medicaid money could save New Hampshire $92 million over seven years. The Senate should not waste time and money on a study whose results are obvious.
Tell the Senate to put political egos aside. Use common sense. Pass Medicaid expansion.
Rep. LORRIE J. CAREY