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July 16, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to give states the option of accepting the Medicaid expansion funding from the Affordable Care Act that would fully fund coverage for the working poor for the next five years.

Gov. Rick Snyder should accept the federal funds not for political, economic, or policy reasons, but because it the right thing to do.

There are economic, political, and policy arguments that make a compelling case for accepting the funds. The media is filled with graphs showing the benefits of expanding Medicaid.

But, in the end, it is a moral question. Do we believe that the working-poor should remain one illness or injury away from bankruptcy in order to spite the president?

Do we believe families in our state should be denied lifesaving preventive care in order to score some points in November? Do we believe that ideology and partisanship should trump the basic needs of our friends and neighbors?

Or, do we believe that helping the most vulnerable members of our community is the right thing to do? Do we believe that people's lives are more important than politics?

Join me in calling on the governor to ignore the politics and partisan rhetoric and accept the Medicaid expansion so that 500,000 Michiganders will not be denied the healthcare coverage they were promised.

Michael Doby, Marquette



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