In a perfect world everyone would be healthy and accident free, thereby eliminating the need for health insurance. But we’re not in a perfect world and having health insurance is crucial.
History has taught us that insurance is a benefit given to those who deserve it. So, who does not deserve to have access to health care? The homeless, the single mom or dad who is out of work due to downsizing, a person who is struggling to secure employment but cannot because of mental illness, or perhaps those who are not yet retired but too sick to work, or a working person making minimum wage?
Perhaps, if we looked at health care as a right that all Americans should have, we wouldn’t have to search for answers or excuses to justify having so many folks without basic health care.
The decision not to expand MaineCare was short-sighted and foolhardy. Not only will Mainers who cannot afford health care go without, but Maine will lose hundreds of millions of dollars which would be used to help fund MaineCare.
It’s sad to know that for those who are at or below poverty level will lose their coverage because of the veto of the MaineCare expansion and won’t get the health care they deserve.
The expansion of MaineCare would be a step in the right direction in reducing the number of uninsured, getting folks the care they need, and making our communities healthier.
And remember, health care is not welfare.
Joseph Mailey, Lewiston