Re March 17 editorial, “People First, Not Politics” and March 24 rebuttal by Dr. Richard Young, “Medicaid expansion helps those who should pay”
Dr. Young's response assumes a lot.
I am the founder of Wings for Children, formed in 1978, an advocate for abused children.
Obamacare will benefit many children. I have personally seen children going without acute medical care and preventative care for almost 40 years. As they grow older, without proper care, predictably they become most unhealthy later in life.
Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers are now required to cover children with pre-existing conditions, which means an estimated 17 million children have been protected against being uninsured.
Moreover, the act's focus on improving quality has decreased the percentage of Medicare patients requiring readmission to a hospital within 30 days of discharge, dropping from an average of 19 percent over the past five years to 17.8 percent in the first half of 2012.
Since our governor and our legislature refuses to take the free money from the federal government to give Medicaid to poor children they will contribute to the ill health of families and children that have no medical treatment now.
It seems that Dr. Young's issues are more about money from the federal government than about his Hippocratic oath.
The writer lives in Conway.