Re March 24 letter by Dr. Richard Young, “Medicaid expansion helps those who should pay”
Bravo, Dr. Young, on your excellent reply about expanding Medicaid. Medicaid is the medical program for the truly poor and needy. This program is in place and meets the needs of people who can't afford medical services. Medicare is the medical program that retirees receive after a lifetime of work.
Dr. Young made an excellent point that expanding Medicaid is not about providing medical services to people who are destitute and have no medical services. Obamacare expands Medicaid for people above the federal poverty line. They would be eligible for free government services under expanded Medicaid.
What Dr. Young did not point out is that cuts in Medicare will pay for over half of Obamacare. This means a $247 billion reduction for hospitals to meet their operating expenses over the next decade.
I hope it is obvious how this change will affect the availability of health services. There will be fewer medical providers. Some rural hospitals and clinics may be forced to close.
Dr. Young ran intellectual circles around The Sun News’ editorial writer. I appreciate his point of view.