Letter: Troubling report on Medicaid expansion
Re “Many back Medicaid expansion” (Monitor front page, Aug. 28):
I found this article troubling in several respects. It seems that most or many of those speaking for Medicaid expansion are in the medical field, either as doctors or medical service providers. What bothers me is that these, it seems, are the very people who will benefit financially from this expansion. If this is so, their comments should be taken with a grain of salt.
I am also troubled by the class that will be covered: “138 percent of the poverty line.” How was such a strange figure determined? I hope it wasn’t political!
Lastly, I am troubled by the federal government’s promise of 100 percent payment for three years and 90 percent starting in 2016. I say troubled because we have seen that government, federal, state and local, has had a reputation of making these promises and then failing to fund them with the expense falling on those who agreed to these promises.
This makes me hope that if New Hampshire does accept this program it will be for only three years, and with the further provision that it is specifically contingent on the 100 percent federal payment of it – and further that if at any time the federal government stops or reduces its payment the program will stop or be reduced accordingly. After the three years we could be into an entirely different Congress and could decide then whether to continue or not.