Speak Out: Medicaid expansion in Alabama
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Gov. Robert Bentley has determined that 340,000 needy Alabamians should not have health care. His ideological stand against the Affordable Health Care Act goes against reason, common sense and his promise to be governor of all the people, not just the financially affluent.

Medicaid expansion in Alabama, under the Affordable Care Act, would be covered 100 percent by the federal goverment for the first three years. Beginning in 2017, the government would pick up 95 percent of Alabama’s Medicaid extension costs. Alabama’s cost to the pan would never exceed 10 percent, beginning in 2020.

The administrative costs to our state for three years (2014, 2015 and 2016) would be $38 million. Job-creation in the medical industry and related economic expansion would generate $250 million over that same time frame, and our state government would profit $212 million in three short years. The time frame of seven years would reap Alabama’s coffers $935 million and 35,000 new jobs created.

Imagine a statewide unemployment rate of less than 2 percent? Counties like mine, Cleburne, would leap into the 21st century with our portion of the bonanza (that most of the other states are counting on).

But Gov. Bentley said no. He has attempted to put a positive spin on why he is against Obamacare, but his political posturing is pure hooey. How can our governor not reach out to the needy among us? How can a state in such financial straits be so foolish?

Citizens, don’t take my word for the numbers. I’m accused of being one of those crazy, left-wing, trouble-making Democrats. But you might ask the governors of New Jersey, Arizona and Florida. They support the Medicaid expansion because of what it means financially to their individual states. They are conservative and Republican to the bone. But they are looking beyond the end of their noses. Their states will grow jobs, people will have health care, and the governors will be rewarded at the polls.

Gov. Bentley, where are you looking? Who are you talking to? It certainly isn’t northeast Alabama voters.

Darrell Turner
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