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Medicaid bigger issue than war

Michael Fesman

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A USA Today article states that, “More than 1 million low-income Americans have lost or might lose government-subsidized health care as states try to contain rapidly escalating costs.”

The article also states that, “The cuts and potential reductions represent about 2% of the 47 million Americans who receive Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled.”

This is wrong; As a Medicaid recipient, I think these cuts are unfair.

The cuts are representative of the Bush Administration’s determination to bankrupt the American economy.

This kind of thinking has dealt an already ailing economy a further blow.

Instead of trying to fix the economy, Bush is starting a war with Iraq.

I’m not saying the U.S. shouldn’t oust a murderous dictator.

However, instead of dealing with the economy Bush is choosing to pump billions into a war with Iraq.

I’m not a pacifist, but I think that Bush is making the wrong decision.

Bush is willing to give Turkey 24 billion in cash and loans instead of using it for Medicaid and other programs to help the poor.

That is really upsetting.

The USA Today article also states that enrollment in Medicaid will grow 7.7 % this year.

This comes at a time when states do not have enough money to pay for Medicaid and a recession is making it hard for Americans to pay their medical bills.

Some states are using their tobacco settlements to keep themselves afloat.

I do admit however, that a war on terrorism needs to be waged, but Bush is forgetting about the American people and the American economy.

Bush is just using the war on terrorism to get re-elected. Meanwhile, education and Medicaid programs are being cut as states lay-off more and workers.

It is my opinion that Bush has his priorities mixed up.

Where will Americans that are dropped by Medicaid programs turn?

They have no money to buy health insurance.

How will they pay for their medical expenses?

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