The editorial of March 17 (“People First, Not Politics”) makes three unproven assumptions and an illogical conclusion in one sentence: “Refusing to allow better health care for the least of our S.C. brethren not because of the cost, which would be picked up by the federal government, but simply because of qualms about who proposed the idea is a particularly craven brand of politics.”
The first assumption is that expanding Medicaid would allow better health care for our “least” brethren. The expansion of Medicaid proposed by Obamacare is not for the poor. It is for people living above the poverty line. It relieves them of their obligation to pay their own way in this world, and foists a portion of that responsibility on their fellow citizens.
Furthermore, you assume that Medicaid allows people better health care. In fact, in major surgical operations the Medicaid population has worse outcomes than privately insured patients, Medicare patients or uninsured patients.
Finally, the third assumption is that opposition to expanding Medicaid in South Carolina is a “craven brand of politics.” This is not simply politics, this is a decision about the appropriate role of the federal government in our lives. It is a serious issue. If passed by our state legislature, the citizens of South Carolina are not simply providing a “safety net” for the poor. They are establishing an entitlement for those that have the means and, I believe, a moral obligation to pay their own way in this world. This deserves vigorous debate.
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Finally, “the cost would be picked up by the federal government.” That is a good one. Who is the federal government? Theoretically, it is all of us. Of course, in practice it is the 53 percent who actually pay income taxes. Additionally, since our federal government is currently borrowing 30 percent of every dollar it spends, it is literally our children’s money that we are spending. I find it morally reprehensible that we are using someone else’s money (our children’s) to pay for health care for individuals that could and should pay for health care themselves.
But the main point is that it is not “picked up by the federal government.” It is taxpayers and their children that pay for it. Is not that disturbing? Certainly, it more than just politics.
Think before you write. Know your facts and and be thorough in your logic. If our paper cannot think and write clearly and logically it will not be long before our citizens do not.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.