The Medicaid Blues: 30 Million U.S. Children Can't Be WrongSerge Bielanko
Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan has a budget plan for America that includes massive cutbacks in Medicaid funding.
According to writer Scott Krugman’s Opinion piece in today’s Baltimore Sun, Ryan’s proposed ideas would result in a 34% decrease in funding for the US government’s program that allots finances to aid low income and other qualified citizens with medical care.
What that means, according to Krugman’s research, is that 30 million American kids who depend on Medicaid, or 3 out of every 10 children, would be in danger of losing the only medical coverage they have.
That is a fairly staggering number of kids, of this nation’s future , no?
Of course, these days the mere mention of certain politically-charged buzz words like debt and budget deficit and health care typically just seems to lead to more and more questions as the polarity of dissenting opinions grow more and more radical with each new campaign commercial.
But still, a compelling piece like the one in the Sun helps us to at least narrow down some of the questions, if nothing else.
When it comes to considering how much we really want to carve away from our nation’s spending on it’s own people, I suppose that more often than not the influence of a zillion special interest groups and lobbyists and TV talking heads offer up a pretty good cross-sectional peek at just how democracy in America has changed over the past 250 odd years.
What seemed like a good idea at the time has become a much more difficult ship to sail. There are way more ideas now. There are way more people who want what they want and to hell with the rest.
The Founding Father’s initial attempts at envisioning a land in which every single one of it’s citizens was treated equally (well, except for African-Americans/Native Americans) has fallen victim to their own inevitable lack of foresight, really.
I mean, they never could have imagined just how populated The United States would be someday, huh? That’s like starting a rock band in a garage and seriously contemplating playing some football stadiums; it just doesn’t fit the mind-set. Remember now, these fellas thought that England was a big old country; they had no clue of what was coming down the proverbial pike.
Therefore, we continue to try and navigate their original blueprints in a world that has changed more drastically than anyone ever dreamed possible. Our country is enormous, it’s population swelled and swollen many times over by multiple waves and influxes of all kinds of folks from across the seven seas who came here looking for that better life that we advertised from the get-go.
So, knowing who we were, all while trying to figure out who we want to be, at what point, if any, do we abandon certain things that so many people depend upon in order to grab hold of something new for the proposed betterment of our united future.
At what point do we look at something like these proposed cuts to medical care, cuts that might really affect the lives of a multitude of low-income children, and ask ourselves, collectively/ as one nation together:
‘Do we really want to do that?‘
‘Do we have to do it?’
And maybe most importantly:
‘Is it worth it in the long run?’
To me, its seems that proposals that would deeply inhibit our ability to help much of our youth receive care and treatment when they are sick, and to get check-ups when they are well, are just bad ideas, straight up.
And yet, I guess we have to find some moneys to slash away at. It’s become our national fixation. If we don’t balance our budget now, this time around, we are doomed, they tell us.
But what is doom? Who’s doom are we talking about?
In this case, it’s pretty clear.
It’s the young and the poor. The weakest of the weak. The people who have the least power to heal themselves when they need to.
And when I chew on that it just tastes bitter to me, man.
I really hope we can find a different way forward.
Info Source: The Baltimore Sun
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