Healthcare costly, unaffordable

 

For what earthly reason does the state of Florida not accept the federal government’s offer to almost completely subsidize Medicaid? Currently, poverty stricken or minimum wage Florida residents who are childless and not disabled are not eligible for Medicaid, but would be eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Such individuals cannot afford health insurance at all, even low cost Bronze Plans when partially subsidized by the Affordable Care Act. They may not even be eligible for it under the ACA because their income is too low. Such individuals use expensive emergency rooms when they are acutely ill, transferring the exorbitant bills to taxpayers. They usually do not otherwise see doctors and do not receive preventive care.

The truth is that Republican lawmakers in Florida denied life-saving health benefits to a large population of struggling Florida residents who need it the most, strictly for political reasons such as to sabotage Obamacare and embarrass President Obama. I hope Congress and Florida’s next governor will be less petty and more humane.

Arthur E. Pitchenik, MD, Miami

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