Letter: Medicaid-Otter

March 21, 2014 

So, Gov. Otter does not want Idaho to join the Medicaid expansion until Medicaid is reformed, despite the fact that it leaves more than 50,000 Idahoans without insurance, that it will cost Idaho many hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years and that expanded Medicaid would add more than $600 million to Idaho's economy and tax revenues?

Can anyone think of a good use in Idaho for all those hundreds of millions of dollars? I sure can.

Yet, our representatives say the Medicaid issue will not be brought up this year because "it's an election year."

I can think of 50,000 people who would vote for someone who is brave enough to broach the subject now. I've asked many doctors in the local clinics and without exception, they've all wished Idaho would hurry up and get on the ball so many of their patients can get health coverage.

I would certainly vote for a lawmaker who had the courage to push for what's right.

My question is this, "Besides writing letters to the newspaper and our legislators (which just feels like venting), just what, exactly can we, as citizens do to get the ball rolling?"

Patty Hamm, Kuna

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