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If not Medicaid expansion, then what?

Date published: 6/26/2014

If not Medicaid expansion, then what?

None, not one, of the writers to your paper opposing Medicaid expansion in Virginia has offered a compassionate solution to the problem of what to do with their uninsured fellow citizens who may fall sick or become injured.

The suggestion that the uninsured seek care in emergency departments shows as much sympathy for, and understanding of, the problem as "Majesty, the poor have no bread!" "Then let them eat cake."

Each day they are in session, the members of the Virginia House of Delegates stand and open the day's business with prayer.

Since the majority of delegates offer financial excuses for opposing expansion--despite the commonwealth's ranking seventh in the country in per capita income--presumably their devotion is to Mammon, for it most certainly cannot be directed toward any god who commands his followers to love their fellow man.

Until the legislature takes the action it could easily take to relieve the plight of the uninsured, their piety is hypocrisy. "These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me!"

Jack Dawkins