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Letter: Think again, Sen. Forrester

I am writing in response to District 2 state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, who wrote that she will not be voting in favor of Medicaid expansion for 58,000 of our neediest and most vulnerable residents. As she states, “We can do so with a different program that will provide rock solid protections for New Hampshire taxpayers.” Sen. Forrester, most of these folks have been and are those same taxpayers.

Every day in New Hampshire, indeed, across the United States, new cases arise in which some family member will need the services of Medicaid because of life-changing medical challenges. In many of these situations the family members are not equipped to take on their loved one’s care.

These folks are “our” Katrina and Hurricane Sandy victims, except that the federal government came to their aid. Let’s do the same for our residents who live day to day with medical challenges that most of us can’t imagine.

Teddy Roosevelt, said the following about a different situation, but it’s appropriate now: “I am more grieved and indignant than I can say at there being any delay on our part in a matter like this. A great crisis is upon us, and if we do not rise level to it, we shall have spotted the pages of our history with a dark blot of shame.”

Please tell Forrester that you want Medicaid expansion. Call 271-4980 or email her at jeanie@jeanieforrester.com.

PAULA TROMBI

Meredith

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