Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Bloomville’s Marthe R. Gold

Recently, Marthe R. Gold explained: “Rep. John Faso’s response to my op-ed piece of April 15 (deliberately?) missed the point.  Mr. Faso supported the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it made its way through the Republican House; he is named as a core supporter of its final version.  Mr. Faso argues that he is not supportive of eliminating ‘essential health benefits.’  He neglects to add that these benefits would, under the AHCA, become unaffordable for many constituents who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
“Mr. Faso’s fixation on shifting local Medicaid outlays to New York state (first through his amendment to the AHCA, currently through HR 1871), suggests that he is comfortable seeing state taxes rise or, that he is unbothered by curtailing needed services for New Yorkers who cannot afford them.  Rural New York is aging; 70 percent of NY state Medicaid spending goes to support the elderly and disabled.  Under the AHCA the costs of insurance for older individuals would have ballooned to five fold that of younger individuals. 
“In his April 7 weekly report Faso promotes his proposals to shift Medicaid funding to the state as saving ‘nearly $360 annually for every homeowner.’  There is a certain irony in Faso’s zeal to lower the ‘exorbitant taxes (that) are forcing seniors and others out of their homes.’  Unsubsidized private health care insurance — premiums, co-pays and deductibles — dwarf this relatively small savings.  Perhaps Mr. Faso has lost track of what insurance costs on the open market.  U.S. representatives are entitled, after all, to free and excellent health insurance all the days of their lives.
“Mr. Faso: if you’re serious about providing all essential benefits to your constituents, look to add a public option to the ACA.  Better yet, rally your colleagues to extend Medicare to all of us.”


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