Your Views: Assault on Obamacare is against our most vulnerable

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Letter to the editor
Friday, January 6, 2017

I am writing today about Tuesday’s article, “Republicans primed for push to dismantle Obama’s policies.” I would not call this an assault on Obamacare, but an absolute assault on people under the poverty line and also people in the lower middle class, including low-wage full-time workers, young families and our very vulnerable elderly. This reform is probably the first major item on the docket for the new administration, championed by the new presumptive Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Here are the facts of Obamacare. Our state’s uninsured population has dropped by 62 percent, 224,000 Wisconsin residents use the health exchange and one quarter of our population uses some form of Medicaid.

Most of the 224,000 people who got health insurance on the exchange are not poor enough to be eligible for Medicaid. This usually means that these men, women and families do have full-time and part-time jobs, just not well paying jobs that offer benefits. Don’t these hard-working folks deserve health insurance, too? Is it not better to have a healthy workforce with health insurance, rather than incentivize people to give up work to live below the poverty line and thus be eligible for Medicaid?




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