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Letters to the editor on Medicaid expansion, services for disabled, welfare, Kochs, Medicare Part D

  • Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at 12 a.m.

Letters to the Editor

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Can’t afford to expand Medicaid

“GOP crazy over Obamacare” (Nov. 9 Eagle Editorial) left me totally frustrated with the mindset of this nation. The United States of America is flat broke. We don’t have the money to pay our current obligations, let alone future Medicaid obligations.

The editorial stated how “the federal government will pick up the full cost (of the Medicaid expansion) until 2016 and nearly all the cost afterward.” Does The Eagle editorial board think the federal government gets its dollars from other revenue sources? Well, actually it does. Currently, the federal government is borrowing from China and other foreign nations 40 cents of every dollar it spends.

From the editorial, am I to conclude that The Eagle editorial board supports borrowing 40 percent of the cost for expanded Medicaid coverage from China? Health care coverage is needed, but must be paid for now – not on the backs of future generations by implementing programs that will result in increased borrowing.

VIRGINIA SWECKER

Wellington

Stop cutting

I was told that the reason the company I work for has not given a wage increase in six years, except for when minimum wage went up, was because of the state not increasing and even keeping the funds needed to take care of the disabled individuals I serve.

Not only do we need to decrease and get rid of the waiting list for people to receive the assistance they need because of their disabilities, the state needs to increase and stop cutting the budget for the developmentally disabled people.

These individuals cannot always speak for themselves, so I am speaking out for them. Stop cutting the budget. Give the people who care for them a fair wage. Make sure that services are not taken away, as they need them to live life to the fullest.

BELINDA KELLEY

Augusta

Paid to breathe

Though they drove up the national debt at an alarming rate, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Civil Works Administration, Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration programs did have valuable merits. In a parallel comparison, our current administration is throwing money at those out of work with the only stipulation being their ability to breathe. The government is, sadly, encouraging a sect of Americans – the ones who spend their days watching sitcom reruns instead of looking for work – to just continue to breathe.

Why would they work if living is free? At least FDR’s programs required able-bodied people to work for the money they received. Their most valuable byproduct was a sense of self-worth and the feeling of accomplishment. The current environment seems like some weird experiment similar to jumping out of an airplane without a parachute.

TODD MITCHELL

Wichita

Not saving U.S.

I recently retired from Koch Industries after 38 years. My dad worked for Koch and Rock Island Oil and Refining for 46 years. I grew up knowing Fred Koch’s political ideas and his relationship with the John Birch Society. I have never agreed with his political views. I was pleasantly surprised when I went to work for Koch that Charles Koch’s emphasis was on Koch Industries instead of on politics. David Koch was the politician.

I was disappointed in later years when Koch started a political action committee. Politicians are much more apt to listen to a PAC lobbyist than to an individual like me. I was further disappointed when the Kochs started creating “brain trusts” and organizations such as Americans for Prosperity and encouraging movements like the “tea party.” I was further disappointed when we started getting more and more political e-mails and when the company newsletter began to emphasize political issues more than the history and success of Koch companies. I do not need Koch Industries to tell me how to vote. That is my right and my decision.

The actions of Koch PACs and Charles and David Koch to “save” America (Oct. 14 Eagle) are dangerous and destroy the very freedoms they claim they are trying to protect.

BILLY EDWARDS

Wichita

Part D answers

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is committed to ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries across Kansas have the information they need about changes to the Medicare Part D plans. Intravenous and injectable therapeutics administered by a physician were once the primary modes of cancer treatment. In Medicare, these treatments were covered under Part B plans. However, innovative patient-administered medicines are now the recognized standard of care for many types of cancers. Approximately one-quarter of all cancer drugs under development are oral, or other patient-administered treatments. Seniors and others who access their care through Medicare get these self-administered drugs through their Part D plan.

We recognize the importance of the Part D program as a key point of access to the health care system. The open enrollment period runs until Friday. There are plenty of resources available for those wanting to compare plans. Visit www.Medicare.gov to securely enter your prescription needs, or call Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, 800-860-5260. The society also operates an information resource center for patients and families. Call 800-955-4572 or visit www.lls.org.

JENNIFER BITNER

Executive director

Kansas chapter

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Wichita

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